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N.H. jury selection moves online

The New Hampshire Superior Court has launched an online jury selection system that will allow potential jurors to fill out questionnaires online.

The system will go live in Grafton, Rockingham, Coos and Belknap counties in early September, according to a press release. Merrimack County Superior Court has already selected its jurors for trials starting next month but will likely utilize the system for trials scheduled to take place in October, according to the court’s jury clerk.

Currently, individuals selected as potential jurors fill out forms by hand and send them back to the court in the mail. Court personnel then read those questionnaires and often copy them by hand.

Under the new system, those selected for jury duty will receive a notice in the mail providing them with a login for the online system, according to the release. Computer terminals will
be available in all superior courts for potential jurors
who do not have access to a computer.

The system can also be used to contact jurors by
email or voice mail and to take juror attendance using a
bar code scanner, the release said.

The new software was paid for with $500,000 appropriated by the Legislature in 2012. In 2013, the Legislature amended state law to allow for jurors to complete questionnaires electronically.

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or
tnadolny@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @TriciaNadolny.)

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