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NCJ Number: 84003 Find in a Library
Title: Traverse Juror Selection and Summoning Procedures Under the One-Step Qualification and Summoning System - Final Report
Corporate Author: Maine Criminal Justice Planning and Assistance Agency
United States of America

Alfred St Louis
United States of America
Project Director: D R Baggett
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: Alfred St Louis

Maine Criminal Justice Planning and Assistance Agency
Augusta, ME 04330
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 79-DF-AX-0241
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: The juror selection system implemented for Maine's Superior Court in July 1981 is described in procedural detail, and forms used in the procedure are provided, along with a summary of project activities during the final quarter of the project grant.
Abstract: Simulated data mailer forms were used during the first month of implementation, after which it was decided that use of data mailers was not desirable for the manual system. Procedures and forms were drafted and subsequently revised after two committee meetings and site visits to the participating courts. Jury activities continued to be monitored through analysis of the jury activity reports. In 10 of the superior courts during the months of July, August, and September, 1,991 jurors called in, of which 616 were advised that they would not be needed; this resulted in a cost savings of $12,320 in juror fees alone. A computer program was prepared by the Department of Transportation to test random selection of prospective jurors from the driver's license list. This was done to prepare for the possible submission of legislation to allow for use of this list as a source for jurors. The development of a juror orientation slide show is in progress for statewide implementation. The chief justice appointed a subcommittee from the Maine Judical Council to work toward the submission of new jury legislation. Tabular data for each of the five participating counties shows the average number of jurors brought in to select a jury, the average cost to select a jury, the percentage of the panel not used in voir dire, and the number of voir dires begun. (Author summary modified)
Index Term(s): Jury selection; Maine
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