Jon A. Gegenheimer
The National Center for State Courts has selected Jon A. Gegenheimer, Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court in Gretna, Louisiana, as the recipient of the 2014 G. Thomas Munsterman Award for Jury Innovation. The Munsterman Award recognizes states, local courts, organizations or individuals that have made significant improvements or innovations in jury procedures, operations and practices.
Gegenheimer helped Jefferson Parish successfully achieve numerous improvements in jury operations including online jury service rescheduling, mobile application, and online exemption.
During his tenure as Clerk of Court, Gegenheimer enacted a process to monitor docket activity and study historical trends to predict utilization. This allowed him to reduce the number of prospective jurors called for service. The process saved the parish more than $750,000 over the past three years.
Gegenheimer made great strides in technology in Jefferson Parish. Over the course of the past few years, he enacted an electronic juror selection and summoning process; modernized courtroom technology; produced a juror instruction video; and created an online app which allows jurors to reschedule their service, apply for a 70-and-over exemption, and verify service status using a stand-by system.
Gegenheimer will receive the Munsterman Award during NCSC’s Annual Reception Luncheon on Thursday, November 20, 2014.