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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