Macomb County plans to offer online jury check-in

MOUNT CLEMENS (AP) -- Potential jurors in one southeast Michigan county soon might be able to check in electronically using iPads, kiosks or computers at participating locations near the courts.

The Detroit Free Press reports check-in stations would allow Macomb County jurors to shop or eat in downtown Mount Clemens while waiting to be called for duty.

The check-in system and a plan to pay jurors on the same day of service could start next year. Eventually, county officials plan to allow jurors to use their own smartphones to check in. It's part of an effort by Clerk/Register of Deeds Carmella Sabaugh and others to improve jury service.

The county says the idea is borrowed from airline check-in. Jurors would be summoned as needed via text, email or phone call.

Published: Tue, Aug 7, 2012