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Courts issue warning about 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, TV 6, an ABC affiliate reported that 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 other states that have issued more generalized fraud statewide alerts this year that involve state courts. Some of these fraudulent activities are telephonically communicated and some are delivered via email.
North Carolina will move one step closer today to allowing people accused of a crime to waive the right to a trial by a jury of peers and instead choose to be tried by a judge. Greg Hurley, an analyst at the National Center for State Courts, says the option is a benefit to a defendant – and the overall judicial process. Read the full story on North Carolina Public Radio.
Judicial officials in Robeson County say a recommendation by the state’s Administrative Office of Courts to replace North Carolina’s court reporters with digital recorders would result in less accurate court transcripts and greater cost to taxpayers because of retrials. A study was done by the National Center for State Courts. Read the full story on Robesonian.com.
The American Bar Association (ABA) Judicial Division Lawyers Conference has announced that Todd Nuccio, Trial Court Administrator for the 26th Judicial District of North Carolina, has been selected to receive the American Bar Association Judicial Division Lawyers Conference Burnham "Hod" Greeley Award. Read the full press release.
The National Center for State Courts is launching a first-of-its kind court diagnostic tool – CourtMD – to help court managers identify problem areas and find solutions for improving their court’s operations. The initial roll out of CourtMD addresses caseflow management, the heart of court administration. Read the full press release.