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Didn't show up for jury duty in Wayne County? Call the court

3rd Circuit Court warns jurors, offers bus tickets if transportation is an issue

A Massachusetts man facing charges for not showing up for jury duty had a good excuse -- he'd been dead for five years. State Deputy Jury Commissioner John Cavanaugh said the state will not continue trying to serve a criminal
A Massachusetts man facing charges for not showing up for jury duty had a good excuse -- he'd been dead for five years. State Deputy Jury Commissioner John Cavanaugh said the state will not continue trying to serve a criminal (iStock)

DETROIT – Jurors who didn’t come to court in 2016 have one final chance at fixing the situation, the Third Circuit Court said.

Chief Judge Robert Colombo will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. Tuesday in his chambers in the Coleman A. Young Building to inform those who have not contacted the court and failed to appear that they have a final opportunity to show up or make things right.

This is the last chance before Colombo issues people an order to show cause for failing to appear for jury duty.

The previous deadline to contact the court was March 1. The situation was sparked by the fact that last year, according to a news release from the Third Circuit Court, 22,255 of 62,388 jurors failed to report.

In February, those absent jurors were told to contact the Jury Services Department to schedule a new date to appear, and avoid the risk of receiving a show-cause order and being fined or jailed.

If you failed to appear, you're encouraged to call 313-224-5254 or 313-224-5650.

Additionally, the Third Circuit Court is offering bus tickets to jurors who need help fulfilling their civic duty.

“We are in the midst of using many strategies to ensure that jurors appear for service,” Colombo said. “And, providing bus tickets is one of the ways that Third Circuit Court plans to use to reduce the failure to appear rates.”

Bus tickets, along with necessary transfers, will be given to jurors upon request who need to return home from service and those jurors who have been seated on a jury panel and need tickets to return for subsequent days. Officials hope to be able to offer bus tickets by May 1.

Similar systems are in place in cities such as Seattle and Houston.


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