Worcester County Circuit Court Uses Technology to Manage Jury Process
and Improve Access and Convenience for Jurors
(SNOW HILL, Md. — Oct. 1, 2010) The Circuit Court for Worcester County has launched a new jury management system to improve services to citizens and increase jury management efficiency. With this new system, prospective jurors can complete the juror qualification form and receive a one-time deferral online.
Worcester County’s system, funded through the Administrative Office of the Courts, is part of a statewide, multi-year effort to help 15 jurisdictions modernize their jury management systems.
“Jury service is an important civic responsibility and integral to our system of justice,” said County Administrative Judge Thomas C. Groton, III. “We appreciate those who are called for jury service and want to make the experience as convenient as possible for them.”
In the new “one-step” process, both the summons and questionnaire are mailed to the potential juror four to five weeks before the potential juror is needed for jury service. The potential juror may return the qualification portion of the form within 10 days by mail or complete it online, and report for jury service in accordance with the instructions on the summons.
Potential jurors are instructed to call a voice message system to get instructions about when and if to report to the courthouse. The juror summons provides the information needed to access the call-in system.
For more information regarding jury service in Worcester County, visit the Worcester County Circuit Court jury information website, http://mdcourts.gov/circuit/worcester/juryinfo.html.
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