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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.

NCSC in the news

National Center for State Courts and Ministry of Legal Affairs partner on plea bargaining workshop

The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Ministry of Legal Affairs partnered together to deliver a Plea Agreement - Plea Bargain Workshop for justice sector professionals, including magistrates, prosecutors, and defense attorneys, July 17-18 in Nassau. Read the full story on Bahamaislandsinfo.com.

Longtime Idaho courts director takes job with NCSC

Patti Tobias, longtime administrative director of Idaho’s court system, will be leaving at the end of August for a new position with the National Center for State Courts in Denver. Read the full story in the Idaho Statesman.

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News releases

NCSC President Mary McQueen honored with ABA’s John Marshall Award

Mary Campbell McQueen, president of the National Center for State Courts, has been awarded the 2014 John Marshall Award, presented by the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Judicial Division, Standing Committee on Judicial Independence and Standing Committee on Federal Judicial Improvements. The award recognizes an individual who has made a positive national impact on the justice system. McQueen will be presented with the award at the ABA’s Annual Meeting in Boston on Friday, August 8, 2014. Read the full press release.

New website monitors juvenile justice system change

A new website is introducing powerful tools to help policy makers, advocates, researchers and the media to chart nationwide change in juvenile justice policy, practices, and statistics. The Juvenile Justice GPS (JJGPS - Geography, Policy, Practice & Statistics) site (jjgps.org) monitors juvenile justice system change by examining state laws and juvenile justice practice, combined with the most relevant state and national statistics. Read the full press release.

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