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Jury Commission works to Implement jury reformsOctober 24, 2000
With their high-profile report now finalized and approved by the Board for Judicial Administration, the Washington State Jury Commission is moving towards one of the most important steps in their charge: implementing change.
The Commission's report-including 44-recommendations for jury service improvement-was finalized in early October and submitted to BJA.
Now, six former members of the Committee--and their chair, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Daniel Berschauer--will continue their efforts. Members of the Implementation Committee include: Peter Camp, Asst City Attorney, City of Everett; David Elliott, Asst. Director of Elections, Office of the Secretary of State; Hon. Adam Kline, Washington State Senate; Fife Municipal Court Judge Kevin Ringus; Rowland Thompson, Director of Allied Daily Newspapers of Washington, Siri Woods, Chelan County Clerk; and new member Jeff Amram, Clark County Superior Court Administrator.
Formed for little more than one month, the Implementation Committee has already decided they will work on five major areas: Legislation, Court Rules, Public Information, Education and Source List improvements.
Work has also begun on areas of immediate interest to the courts. Two bills are being proposed for this session, including the following:
Court rules are being drafted related to:
Public information & education
Providing more information to citizen's prior to their service, and education amongst the judicial community are also major goals for the implementation committee.
One of their first steps is the creation of a 'website for jurors' designed to walk jurors through the process of being a juror, way in advance of showing up at the local courthouse. Materials for courts to promote local jury appreciation week activities in May will also be created, as well as educational sessions at the upcoming spring conferences on the Jury Commission's activities.
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