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Jury Service Scams
There have been several media reports of jury services scams in recent months. All of these scams are initiated telephonically. The Arizona Daily Star reported that the Pima Superior Court (AZ) has warned residents about a jury service scam and Kansas First News warned residence in Shawnee County, KS on about a similar scam. Additionally, the Indiana State Court System has warned residents statewide about a jury scam. Kathryn Dolan, public information officer of the Indiana Supreme Court said, "There have only been a few incidents, but court leaders are alerting the public in the abundance of caution."
There have also been nine more generalized fraud alerts this year that involve state courts. Some of these fraudulent activities are telephonically communicated and some are delivered via email. The links below go to press releases or news stories regarding the alerts.
The Ohio Supreme Court has a new administrative director to supervise its operations, policies and 250 employees. The court announced today it has hired Michael L. Buenger to take over the job effective Jan. 5. The University of Dayton graduate now is senior counsel at the National Center for State Courts' international division and governmental affairs office and lives in Geneva, Switzerland. Read the full story in the Columbus Dispatch.
It took 42 years and five trips to the ballot box before Nevada voters agreed to establish an intermediate appellate court. Now state officials are on a fast track to get the court up and running to begin hearing cases as early as January. Nevada became the 41st state to implement an appellate court, 20 years after the last state, Mississippi, did so in 1995, according to the National Center for State Courts. Read the full story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
NCSC inducted six new members into the Warren E. Burger Society during its Annual Recognition Luncheon, Thursday, November 20, 2014. The luncheon, held at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C., was hosted by Arkansas Chief Justice Jim Hannah, president of the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and chair of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Board of Directors. Read the full press release.
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. Read the full press release.