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NCJ Number: 49930 Find in a Library
Title: TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE SITE VISIT REPORT - RECOMMENDATIONS FOR JURY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM PLANNING IN GREENVILLE COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA
Author(s): E H SHORT; L SIEGEL; H C CAMPEN; J R ELINGBURG
Corporate Author: American University
Law School Institute for Advanced Studies in Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 38
Sponsoring Agency: American University
Washington, DC 20016
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Contract Number: J-LEAA-013-76
Publication Number: TA-405
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A CONSULTANT TEAM WAS ESTABLISHED, WITH TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE LEAA, TO EVALUATE JURY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM PLANNING IN GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C., AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVED PLANNING.
Abstract: THE TEAM CONDUCTED ONSITE VISITS TO DISCUSS JURY MANAGEMENT NEEDS AND ALTERNATIVES WITH CIRCUIT COURT AND COUNTY OFFICALS AND PREPARED A REPORT CONTAINING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMMEDIATE AND LONG-RANGE ACTIONS. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING: (1) THE GREENVILLE COUNTY COURT SYSTEM SHOULD IMPLEMENT THE CONCEPT OF JURY POOLING SINCE THE EXISTING SYSTEM OF CALLING INDIVIDUAL PANELS OF JURORS FOR EACH COURT APPEARS TO BE INEFFICIENT; (2) A JURY ASSEMBLY AREA SHOULD BE DEVELOPED IN THE COUNTY COURTHOUSE; (3) BECAUSE THERE IS NO CONSISTENT COMMUNICATION LINK BETWEEN JURORS AND COURTS, A FULL-TIME JURY COORDINATOR SHOULD BE DESIGNATED; (4) FORMS SENT TO PROSPECTIVE JURORS SHOULD BE REVISED TO ELIMINATE MISUNDERSTANDING; (5) JURORS SHOULD BE INSTRUCTED TO REPORT EARLIER SO THAT QUALIFICATION AND ORIENTATION PROCEDURES ARE COMPLETED PRIOR TO THE OPENING OF COURT; (6) THE QUALIFICATION PROCESS FOR JURORS SHOULD BE CONDUCTED BY THE JURY COORDINATOR RATHER THAN BY A JUDGE; (7) AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS SHOULD BE EMPLOYED TO PROVIDE ORIENTATION INFORMATION TO JURORS; AND (8) A DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM FOR JURY MANAGEMENT SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED SO THAT THE SUMMONS RETURN CAN BE ELIMINATED. LONG-RANGE OBJECTIVES/RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERN THE REVIEW OF ALL LAWS ABOUT JURY MANAGEMENT, THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF AN AUTOMATED JURY SELECTION AND SUMMONING SYSTEM, AND ONE DAY/ONE TRIAL JURY SERVICE. JUROR SUMMONS FORMS ARE INCLUDED, AND DETAILED INFORMATION ON EFFICIENT JURY MANAGEMENT IN SMALL COURTS IS CONTAINED IN AN APPENDIX. (DEP)
Index Term(s): Automated jury selection systems; Evaluation; Juries; Jury selection; Management; Planning; South Carolina
Note: CRIMINAL COURTS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROJECT
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