Allen County Court uses technology to reach jurors

May 29, 2013
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Quick Response Codes, or QR Codes, allow smartphone users to research products, get coupons and visit websites by scanning a little black and white box-shaped barcode.  Allen Superior Court is now using this technology to reach out to jurors.

You may have seen this technology in a magazine or on an ad in the mall. The Journal Gazette reports that the court will be testing the use of QR codes for potential jurors. People can scan the QR code received from the court, which will direct them to the court’s website and jury questionnaire.

QR codes have been around for years, but with more and more people purchasing smartphones, their popularity is increasing. According to mobile barcode solution provider ScanLife, scans of QR codes by consumers increased nearly 160 percent in the first quarter of 2012 as compared to the first quarter of 2011. All you need is an app to scan the barcodes.

Allen Superior Judge Fran Gull told the newspaper that the county is the first court to use this technology and that the court has been on the leading edge of jury innovation.

The court also has implemented the “mjuror” program that enables summoned jurors to text or email a 6-digit juror number and 5-digit signature from their smartphones and then ask questions and receive information on parking, security and maps.
 
Check out the Indiana Courttimes article about the technology.

QR codes can also benefit law firms in their marketing, according to several legal blogs. These codes can be placed on marketing materials or business cards that link users to attorney bios, press releases, and articles or blogs written by firm attorneys.

Or these codes may be on their death bed, if you believe other marketing blogs. While all you need to do is download an app to scan the codes, some people (like myself) have never gone to the trouble to do so. Another reason cited for the decline in use is the location of the codes. If you place a code on an ad in a subway station, you need Wi-Fi to connect or it defeats its purpose. There are also security concerns that someone could manipulate a scan into unauthorized payments or fake permissions.

What do you think about Allen Superior Court’s use of technology to reach out to jurors? And on a related note, does your firm or office utilize QR codes in marketing efforts?  
 

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  1. I grew up on a farm and live in the county and it's interesting that the big industrial farmers like Jeff Shoaf don't live next to their industrial operations...

  2. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  3. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  4. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

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