Tuesday, 11 February 2014 06:29
A new system for summoning jurors in the City of St. Louis is leaving some people out in the cold.
The St. Louis Circuit Court moved last year to a jury summoning system run by the Office of State Courts Administrator.
Jury Supervisor Joanne Martin tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the new system isn't able to handle the workload in St. Louis, which uses more jurors than any other circuit in the state. Martin told the paper that the rate of juror response has dropped to about 25 percent, from 45 percent, since the switch. So they began summoning more people.
Martin says that helped, but yesterday, when the court needed 450 jurors, 750 showed up. The extra 300 people caused a log jam that forced jurors to line up outside the courthouse for 15 minutes or more in near-zero temperatures.
The court is working with OSCA to resolve the issues with the system.
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