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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.
Montana’s most populous county has some issues that are much bigger than challenges seen in other counties. For example, while the entire state of Montana is short 15 district judges for the workload, a full third of that shortage in Yellowstone County. Eleven other counties are in districts short one or two judges. But only the district of Yellowstone County needs five more judges, according to a detailed workload study completed last month by the National Center for State Courts. Read the full article in the Billings Gazette.
A former Johnson County judge received a prestigious national award Thursday night for judicial excellence. Steve Leben, a judge on the Kansas Court of Appeals, became the first Kansas judge to receive the annual William H. Rehnquist Award from the National Center for State Courts. Read the full article in the Kansas City Star.
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.