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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.
With two seats on the Supreme Court on the Nov. 4 ballot, Montanans may be wondering how good a job our state’s high court actually does. The court itself has been asking that question. The most recent answer, from a survey conducted last month, is strongly positive. Overall, in responses to 10 statements about court performance, 85 percent of the 400 attorneys responding agreed or strongly agreed that the court has done a good job. The court performance survey and case processing measures are based on the National Center for State Courts’ CourTools project. Read the full story on the Billings Gazette.
GOVERNING magazine has highlighted two of the 14 constitutional amendments that appear on Louisiana's Nov. 4 ballot. Bill Raftery, an analyst for the National Center for State Courts, told GOVERNING the issue isn't likely to go away. "It's going to keep coming up because people keep living longer," he said. Read the full story on NOLA.com.
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.
The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) today announced the acquisition of the Center for Judicial Ethics (the Center), a national clearinghouse on judicial ethics and discipline. Read the full press release.