Increasing Summons Response
A variety of procedures should be developed to
address the concerns of those citizens unwilling to
participate in jury service. Follow-up procedures
should be developed for courts to use where there is no
response to a jury summons.
Every opportunity should be taken to educate the
public on the importance of jury service and to
increase diversity on juries by extensive outreach to
targeted communities. The implementation committee
should coordinate efforts to accomplish this.
The format of the addresses in the jury source list
databases should be standardized before the databases
are combined. The correct county code should be
assigned to the licensing data.
The combined list should be processed through a
National Change of Address program in order to obtain
updated address information before mailing.
The rules of general application relating to jury
source lists should be modified to eliminate license
and identicard holder records that have been expired
for more than 90 days and to specify that only “active”
registered voter records be considered for use in jury
The timing of the jury source list process should be
re-examined to enable jurisdictions to perform their
annual draw while the list data is still current.
All undeliverable and changed address information
gathered by the courts should be delivered to the
Department of Licensing as well as to county election
departments for processing. The Department of Licensing
and county auditors should use this information for
database corrections. County clerks should be
encouraged to create suspense files for chronic non-