Judicial Branch

Re-vamp the "e-Juror" system

Every spring in the District of New Jersey 100k Juror Questionnaires are sent via snail mail to prospective jurors. Once the potential jurors receive their questionnaire they have the option to submit their answers online in the current e-juror system or mail back their questionnaires with hand written answers. At 44 cents per questionnaire sent the District of New Jersey must spend $44k every year on postage.

Let’s make e-juror more practical. The goal will be to streamline the process while also saving money. Instead of having the default protocol of mailing 100k questionnaires every spring lets utilize the e-juror system to eliminate as many of these mailings as possible. Promulgate to the citizens a NEW process for jury duty. That is, each citizen must now opt-in to receive jury duty notifications / questionnaires via snail mail ONLY IF the citizen does not have access to email. Also requiring promulgation: citizens must be made aware of their responsibility to provide an email address that the court can use to send jury duty related materials electronically. The court can set up a new website or a new section of their website that enables every citizen of every district to register and provide the necessary information for them to be contacted by the jury department electronically.

 

If 60% DO NOT OPT-IN that means the court only needs to spend postage money on 40,000 mailings. 40k letters at 44 cents a pop = $17,600 i.e. saving $26,400 per year for the District of NJ

 

If 75% DO NOT OPT-IN that means the court only needs to spend postage money on 25,000 mailings. 25k letters at 44 cents a pop = $11,000 i.e. saving $33,000 per year for the District of NJ

 

Now think that NJ is 1 of 94 District’s in the country and you can see the potential this idea has. That is, this idea has the potential to save millions over a period of 3 to 4 years, and billions over a greater period of time.

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