Jury Initiative Looks To Reduce Frustrations, Costs

State plays the percentages by sending out far fewer summonses

The jury summonses come in the mail. One potential juror shows it to his boss and makes arrangements for someone to pick up his workload. Another person gets a similar notice and she has to hire a babysitter for the day. But sometimes potential jurors go through all that bother for naught. They find out the day before they are supposed to report to the courthouse that a defendant has agreed to a plea bargain and their presence is no longer required. Good news for some. Massive frustration for others.

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