June 2022 Newsletter - Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan

Summertime is here.

Even lunch breaks can be mini artist dates in the summer. The Monroe Street Midway has art installations from Sheefy McFly, Tony Whlgn, Olivia Guterson, India Solomon, and David Rubello. Roller skate rentals, basketball, and putt-putt golf are available there, and the Midway is within walking distance from CAYMC and the Friend of the Court. Greektown offers a number of outdoor eateries near Frank Murphy Hall of Justice. And the Detroit Public Library opened its summer Java and Jazz series and is located about a five minute drive from Lincoln Hall of Justice. There is so much today, and self-care is important. Enjoy the warm weather, recreation, and entertainment.
July is Juror Appreciation Month

July has been designated “Juror Appreciation Month” by the Michigan Supreme Court to celebrate the many Michigan citizens who serve as jurors each year and to encourage others to answer the call to jury service. Jury service is a duty of American citizenship. It is a high privilege and an opportunity to observe and participate in democracy in action. 
In July of 2021, The Third Circuit Court resumed jury trials amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic. Since then, 6,045 dedicated Wayne County Residents appeared for service at the Civil and Criminal divisions of the Wayne County Third Circuit Court. Those jurors were given temperature checks and health screening upon entry of the building. They honored mask mandates and social distancing. Those jurors understood the importance of this duty and carried out the responsibilities of their citizenship. Many of them did so under these special circumstances and still found jury service to be a very rewarding and interesting experience. They understand that people whose cases come before juries are depending on their fellow citizen’s participation. The Third Circuit Court recognizes and appreciates our jurors for their dedication to the justice system every year with a special thank you to those that served during the COVID-19 pandemic!

Frequently Asked Questions about Jury Service
Why is jury service important?
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 in our courts.
What is my duty as a juror?
As a juror, you must be fair and impartial. Your actions and decisions must be free of any bias or prejudice. Your actions and decisions are the foundation of our judicial system. 
Do I have to respond to the summons for jury service?
Yes. The summons to appear for jury service is an official court summons. If you do not respond, you could be held in contempt.
Will I be paid for being a juror?
Yes. During the pandemic, jurors are receiving hazard pay of $40.00 for the first day of service and $55.00 for any subsequent day of service plus .20 cents per mile traveled. The normal juror participation fee is $30.00 for the first day of service and $45.00 for each subsequent day plus .20 cents per mile traveled. Mileage will be computed from your current Wayne County zip code.
How are jurors selected?
Potential jurors are selected randomly from the State of Michigan driver's license and personal identification cardholder lists for individuals residing in Wayne County. The selection method is designed to produce a cross section of the community. Men and women over 18 years of age and from all walks of life have an equal opportunity to be called for jury service.
What if I no longer reside in Wayne County?
If you no longer reside in Wayne County, a request for excusal should be made in writing and mailed to the address that appears on your summons. Change of residency proof (license, house deed, etc.) must accompany your request for excusal. You will be notified by mail as to whether your request to be excused has been granted or denied.
How long am I on call for jury service?
Wayne County jury service is a "one day or one trial" term of service. If you are selected to serve on a trial, you will serve only for the duration of that one trial. The average length of a trial is three (3) or four (4) days. Jurors not selected or not involved in a continuing selection at the end of the day will complete their service at the end of the day that they report.
May I postpone jury service? 
If you are not available on the date scheduled, you may request TWO POSTPONEMENTS.
May I request excusal?
A request to be excused MUST BE MADE IN WRITING and returned to the jury office within 10 days of receipt of the one-step form. The written request should include a statement of the facts you believe would prohibit you from serving along with supporting documentation, e.g., doctor's note, green card, driver's license for non-resident, etc. The written request should also include the juror ID number. The Jury Services Department may not excuse a juror for occupation or religion.
Contact information for postponements and excusals are as follows:
Jury Services Department
301 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
Two Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226-3452
Phone: (313) 224-2507
Fax: (313) 237-9203
Online Questionnaire: juryservices@3rdcc.org/jury-services
Third Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan Jury Services

CASA Swearing-In Ceremony
On May 18, 2022, the Honorable Edward J. Joseph officiated the swearing-in of four (4) new Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for the Third Circuit Court - Family Division Juvenile section abuse and neglect docket. Under the direction of Judge Joseph, the oath was administered. Robyn Roberts, CASA Executive Director and Ericka Brown, CASA Volunteer Supervisor, facilitated the 44th CASA Swearing-in Ceremony for the volunteers via Zoom. Congratulations to all of the volunteers who completed the training and were sworn in. This brings the total number of volunteers to advocate for children in foster care to fifty-four (54). 

We are also pleased to report that, with the support of the Third Circuit Court, Wayne County CASA is now operating as its own 501(c)3 nonprofit entity. This change will allow Wayne County CASA to provide more children with a CASA volunteer advocate.

Congratulations to the following new CASA volunteers:
Alex Green IV interviews Lisa W. Timmons of the Mediation Tribunal Association, Inc., a nonprofit that is the exclusive provider of an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process known as case evaluation for the Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit, Michigan.

Third Circuit Court would like to congratulate Lataijah Folkes, Domestic Relations Specialist in Case Establishment, who graduated from WMU-Cooley Law School. 
More Wins for William D. Ford Tech Center Students in the 2021 Third Judicial Circuit Court Annual Report Cover Contest
On May 31, the Third Circuit Court held a brief ceremony acknowledging Adrianna Robinson, Alyssa Bell, and Ivonte’ Dior Williams. They are graduating seniors and the winners of its 2021 Annual Report Cover Design Contest. At the ceremony, each artist had the opportunity to share about their background, their submissions, and their plans for the future.  

The Court promotes this opportunity to high students who live and/or reside in Wayne County. The Contest has been in existence since 2016. William D. Ford Tech Center has been involved since 2017 and has been the school of the First Place Winners since 2017. 

Chief Judge Pro Tem Patricia Perez Fresard, Executive Court Administrator Zenell B. Brown, and Director of Criminal Services Tamela Aikens represented the Court at this virtual ceremony.  

The 1st place winner is Adrianna Robinson. Adrianna is 17-years-old. She finished her 2nd year of William D. Ford Tech Center. She is going to Grand Valley State University for a BA in Supply Chain Management. She received a full scholarship at GV and she’s attending in the fall. Later in the future she plans to move out of Michigan. She would travel a little but wants to settle down in a different state. She likes digital art but more of something to do on the side. Art has been more of a hobby than a career choice for her. Adrianna received a laptop and trophy for her winning entry. Her submission will be the cover design for the Third Circuit Court’s 2021 Annual Report.

The 2nd place winner is Alyssa Bell. Alyssa was a 2nd year Digital Art student at William D. Ford Technical Center in Westland where she recently earned her State Approved Design certificate. Her goal is to create beautiful designs that she’s proud of. She always wants to improve her skills. In her spare time she enjoys watching documentaries because of how informational they are. After high school she is taking a year off to figure out her future. She hopes that one day she will be able to travel wherever she wants in the world. Alyssa received a trophy and gift certificate for her work. 

The 3rd place winner is Ivonte’ Dior Williams. Ivonte’ was a senior in high school. In his free time he likes to play video games, watch TV, play basketball, draw, and make milkshakes. He has 3 siblings, 2 brothers and a sister. He currently is employed at Firehouse Subs and he has a dream of going to college for Psychology. Ivonte’ received a trophy and gift certificate for his work. 

Ivonte’ and Alyssa’s artwork will appear on various Court publications.  
Judge Patricia Fresard, who is an artist herself, congratulated the Annual Report Cover Winners who all herald from William D. Ford Tech Center.  Judge Fresard recognized their teacher Mark Benglian who has ensured this opportunity is made available to all of his students.  Mr. Benglian acknowledged the students for their dedication and perseverance as the classes were taught remotely and appreciated the Court providing the opportunity for students to showcase their talents.

In Loving Memory:
Your presence we miss, your memory we treasure, loving you always, forgetting you never.

Retired Hon. William Lucas, served as a Judge in the Court’s Family Division. He was on the bench in Detroit Recorder’s Court from 3/24/1993 – 12/31/1994 and then Circuit Court from 1/1/1997 – 12/31/2002.

The Third Circuit Court Diversity and Inclusion Team’s Mission: "We appreciate our common connection and respect our diverse and unique human experiences. We move forward as an inclusive organization as we provide accessible and equal justice."

The Court’s Diversity & Inclusion Team strives to ensure the values of its diverse bench, staff, and court users are acknowledged and reflected in our delivery of service as well as our work environment.

In that spirit, the team creates and shares a monthly list of various holidays and observations along with some celebration suggestions. We invite our work community and the community at large to contribute.

July 2022
Canada Day – July 1
Independence Day – July 4
Hajji (Start) – July 7
Day of Arafat – July 8
Eid al-Adha – July 9-11
World Population Day – July 11
Bastille Day (France) – July 14
Nelson Mandela International Day – July 18
Colombian Independence Day – July 20
International Self Care Day – July 24
National Parents Day – July 24
Peru Independence Day – July 28
Islamic New Year – July 29- 30
International Day of Friendship – July 30
Local Activities and Highlights:
Willow Metropark Fireworks (July 1st, 2022)
Every July, Willow Metropark, located southwest of Detroit, holds a free celebration of America's Birthday. Live entertainment starts at 6 p.m. The popular fireworks display is scheduled for 10 p.m. Plan to arrive early and make sure to have a Metropark vehicle pass to get in.
Kensington Metropark Fireworks (July 2nd, 2022)
Milford, Michigan, northwest of Detroit, hosts a vibrant Independence Day celebration at Kensington Metropark. Festivities begin after dark at 10 p.m. Tens of thousands of spectators have picnics under the sky, waiting for the dazzling displays. A Metropark pass will be required to drive into Kensington Metropark.

The Diversity & Inclusion Plan can be found on the Court’s website or clicking below.