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Juror Usage and Management - Dane County Jury System Operations Manual

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70 pages
This manual details Dane County's (Wisconsin) procedures for qualifying, summoning, orienting and enrolling, and discharging jurors, as well as for compiling information about jurors summoned for the court.
The voter registration/poll list serves as the primary source list for potential jurors. This manual first reviews the methods for selecting a list of qualified jurors and determining the number of jurors to summon each period. Preparing and mailing the summons, postponements allowed, calculating the number of jurors needed per week, and informing jurors when to report are covered. The manual describes the 45-minute orientation program presented to jurors and procedures for enrolling and assigning jurors. Wisconsin law requires that a list containing the jurors' names, addresses, and occupations be available in the courtroom. The manual explains how to prepare this list and the codes used. Also detailed are procedures for discharging jurors who have completed their obligation. State law sets a maximum of 5 days of reporting to the courthouse for jury selection, although local court rule may extend this to 10 days. The final areas discussed are paying jurors and administering the exit questionnarie. Management reports are appended to demonstrate the kinds of information available from the jury computer system. Forms used in the jury management process are supplied.


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