The Grand Traverse County Jury Board sends out a double sided juror qualification/personal history questionnaire every year to potential jurors. The names are randomly selected from the State of Michigan Driver's Licenses and Personal Identification cards.
The Importance of Jury Service
Jurors perform a vital role in the American justice system. The protection of our rights and liberties is achieved largely through the teamwork of Judge and jury who put into practice those principles of freedom which are our great heritage. The Judge determines the law to be applied in the case while the jury decides the facts, thus, in a very important way, jurors become a part of the court itself.
Efficient jurors are men and women of sound judgment, absolute honesty and a complete sense of fairness. Jury service is a high duty of citizenship. The juror aids in the maintenance of law and order and upholds justice among our fellow citizens. His or her greatest reward is the knowledge that this duty was discharged faithfully, honorably and well.
In addition to determining and adjusting property rights, jurors may also be asked to decide questions involving a crime for which a person may be confined to prison. In a very real sense, therefore, the community must rely upon jurors for the protection of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (excerpt from the 13th Circuit Court Handbook for Jurors (PDF)).