The United States Constitution guarantees all people, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin or economic status the right to trial by an impartial jury. Justice ultimately depends to a large measure upon the quality of the jurors who serve the courts. Jury duty is a citizen's civic duty and a privilege and jurors play an essential role in the American system of justice.
The Secretary of State annually compiles a list of East Lansing residents of licensed drivers or those that possess a state identification card. The Ingham County Jury Board randomly selects potential jurors and those people will receive a Juror Qualification Questionnaire.
It is required by law to complete the Juror Qualification Questionnaire honestly and thoroughly. This random selection process is required by law, and it means that some people who are willing to serve may never be asked, but others who are not willing to serve may be asked frequently.
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