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NCJ Number: 63219 Find in a Library
Title: JUSTICE AND EFFICIENCY - COMPUTER-AIDED JURY SELECTION IN BUNCOMBE COUNTY (NC)
Journal: POPULAR GOVERNMENT  Volume:44  Issue:4  Dated:(SPRING 1979)  Pages:18-23
Author(s): H C CAMPEN; H C MARTIN
Corporate Author: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-5381
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: AN AMENDED NORTH CAROLINA STATUTE NOW AUTHORIZES THE USE OF COMPUTERS IN THE JURY SELECTION PROCESS, AND THE AUTOMATED SYSTEM HAS PROVED EFFICIENT AND ECONOMICAL.
Abstract: A COMPUTER-AIDED METHOD FOR SELECTING AND SUMMONING JURORS, FIRST USED IN BUNCOMBE COUNTY, RESULTED IN SUBSTANTIAL SAVINGS, INCREASED EMPLOYEE PRODUCTIVITY, AND REDUCED INCONVENIENCE TO JURORS. THREE FORMERLY MANUAL, TIME-CONSUMING PROCESSES ARE NOW COMPUTERIZED: (1) PREPARATION OF THE MASTER LIST, (2) SELECTION OF THE JURY PANEL, (3) AND JUROR SUMMONING. THE NEW METHOD PRODUCED SUFFICIENT NUMBERS OF JURORS ADEQUATELY REPRESENTING A CROSS-SECTION OF THE COMMUNITY AT A COST REDUCTION OF 30 PERCENT IN A FRACTION OF THE TIME FORMERLY REQUIRED. AS A RESULT, PRODUCTIVITY HAS INCREASED IN THE OFFICES OF THE SHERIFF, THE CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT, AND THE REGISTER OF DEEDS. IN ADDITION, THE MASTER LIST OF JURORS WILL CONTINUE TO BE UPDATED AUTOMATICALLY, THEREBY MAINTAINING ITS QUALITY. THE JUROR SERVICE RECORD MAINTAINED BY THE COMPUTER WILL INSURE THAT JURORS ARE NOT SUMMONED MORE THAN ONCE IN 2 YEARS, AND DISQUALIFIED JURORS WILL BE PURGED FROM THE LIST. OVERALL, COMPUTER-AIDED OPERATIONS HAVE IMPROVED THE PUBLIC IMAGE OF THE COURTS AND HAVE ENCOURAGED PLANNING FOR TECHNOLOGICAL IMPROVEMENTS IN OTHER AREAS OF THE SYSTEM. TABULAR DATA, SAMPLE FORMS, AND FOOTNOTES ARE INCLUDED. (MRK)
Index Term(s): Automated jury selection systems; Computer aided operations; Jury selection; North Carolina
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