|Per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) current guidelines, Berrien County moved into the Substantial category for COVID-19 transmission rates effective August 8, 2021. In consultation with the Berrien County Health Department, the Berrien County Trial Court will require that all jurors summoned for duty wear a face covering while performing their duties as a juror. All jurors will complete a health screening upon entry into the court facilities.|
Jury service is a vital function of democracy and it is crucial that the jury pool be representative of the entire community. To that end, the Berrien County Trial Court enlists panels of citizens to serve for a period of one week or one trial.
I’ve been called for Jury Duty, What should I do?
If you have been called to serve as a juror, nothing a citizen can be asked to do is more important. You will help to decide what happens to the liberty or property of other people. You will want to do your best to assure that the jury on which you sit returns a fair and impartial verdict.
Jurors who are qualified to serve must call the Jury Hotline at 269-982-0392 or 888-323-5879 (toll free) after 5:30 p.m. each night of their week of service to see if their candidate number is required to report the following morning.
First Time Jurors
In case you have never been a juror before you may have questions about what happens in the courtroom and about your role as a juror.
Many Frequently Asked Questions as well as assistance in completing your Juror Qualification Questionnaire are listed on this site. If your questions are not answered on our website you may email the Jury Clerk.
You can also call the courthouse:
- Buchanan, Galien or Niles: 269-684-5274
- Three Oaks, New Buffalo, Lakeside or Union Pier: 269-756-9571