Protecting Juror Privacy
Judges should have discretion to balance a party’s
interest or right to know any particular information
about a juror with the juror’s privacy interest. Judges
must exercise discretion to balance jurors’ privacy
interests with those of the general public.
The juror summons should provide useful information
to the potential juror and require of the juror only
that information mandated by statute. A standardized
summons form should be created for use and modification
by any jurisdiction.
The court should try to protect jurors from
unreasonable and unnecessary intrusions into their
privacy during jury selection. In appropriate cases,
the trial court should submit written questionnaires to
potential jurors regarding information that they may be
embarrassed to disclose before other jurors. Before
dismissing jurors from service on a trial, the court
should inform jurors of their rights to discuss or
refrain from discussing the case.