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Jury Service Scams
There have been several media reports of jury services scams in the past 10 days. All of these scams are initiated telephonically. The Arizona Daily Star reported on February 6, 2014 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 February 7, 2014 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 for the alerts.
A group of New Mexico judges is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn Gov. Susana Martinez’s veto of an 8 percent pay raise, saying it was an overstep of executive power that effectively deleted judges’ entire salaries from the state budget. The Legislature this year approved a combined pay raise totaling 8 percent for judges – made up of a 5 percent raise dedicated to judges and a 3 percent raise for all state workers, including judges. The raises were fast-tracked after the national National Center for State Courts in 2013 ranked New Mexico the lowest-paying jurisdiction for trial court judges in the country, at $112,746 per year. Read the full article in the Albuquerque Journal.
A survey conducted by the Louisiana courts found only one-third of the 35 districts responding to a survey had staff members dedicated to collecting fines. Half said they don’t have the technology to implement an electronic system, which is recommended by the National Center for State Courts. Read the full article in the New Orleans Advocate.
Paul Barrientos, a fifth-grade student at Walsingham Academy Lower School in Williamsburg, Virginia, is the winner of the National Center for State Courts’ (NCSC) 2014 Civics Education Essay Contest, held to recognize Law Day, May 1. Read the full press release.
The 2014 Ohio Jury Management Association (OJMA) Award of Excellence was presented to Paula Hannaford-Agor at the OJMA Annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio. Read the full press release.