Lawyers Journal

National organization recognizes Massachusetts jury improvements

The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) honored the Massachusetts Office of Jury Commissioner and the Jury Management Advisory Committee as recipients of its 2011 G. Thomas Munsterman Award for Jury Innovation. The award was presented by Robert N. Baldwin, NCSC executive vice president and general counsel, at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston on Oct. 13.

The award recognizes states, local courts, organizations or individuals that have made significant improvements or innovations in jury procedures, operations and practices.

"Through this award, the National Center wants to recognize the sustained and comprehensive commitment the Office of Jury Commissioner and Jury Management Advisory Committee have made to improving jury service," said NCSC President Mary C. McQueen.

Among the achievements being recognized is the use of innovative technologies like Massachusetts' new jury automation system, which has improved juror yield and utilization, dramatically reduced summonses issued and saved more than $1 million annually.

Improved technologies have also led to better customer service to jurors, including the development of a website that allows jurors to manage all aspects of their responses to summonses online and provides information about cancellation status, directions to the court, reminders and more. Also, a new juror orientation video was introduced on July 5.

The nonprofit NCSC, based in Williamsburg, VA., is dedicated to improving the administration of justice by providing leadership and service to the state courts

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