Use of eJuror Rises, and New Online Directory Aids Access-US Courts

With three-quarters of all U.S. District Courts now allowing prospective jurors to fill out forms online, the U.S. Courts website has eased user access by creating a national directory of courts participating in the eJuror program.

 

Seventy-two of the nation’s 94 district courts have adopted eJuror, up from 46 in February 2011. The system was introduced in late 2008 to simplify the process for prospective jurors, and to save federal courts money by reducing postage costs and paperwork associated with the jury process.

 

Under eJuror, potential jurors can avoid the mail system, responding to questionnaire forms and summons online. They also can update personal information, check when they need to report for jury service, submit a request to be excused, or to receive a deferral, and select an alternative time to serve. The system can be used from any location, 24 hours a day.

 

Participating courts usually have an eJuror link prominently placed on their web sites. To increase convenience, a national directory has been added to the U.S. Courts website. Site visitors who click on the Jury Service page can quickly access a national directory of jury information pages for all 94 federal district courts. The directory provides additional links to eJuror pages for the 72 participating courts, which enables prospective jurors to log directly into the system.

 

Jury candidates may also use the traditional paper process if they choose.

 

More information about eJuror is available in this video.

 

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