Justices approve 2020 jury pool master list

Indiana Supreme Court justices have approved the 2020 master list for jury pool assembly, reminding courts not to seek data from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Created by the Jury Committee and Court Technology, the master list has been approved for use by Indiana trial courts as the source from which they compile their jury pool, according to a Thursday order signed by Chief Justice Loretta Rush.

Current customer files and taxpayer records provided by both the BMV and Department of Revenue were given directly to Court Technology. Those sources were merged to remove duplicates and individuals who are deceased, underage, non-residents and noncitizens. Obvious data entry errors were removed, and the list was divided into individual counties.

The order states that as an alternative, counties can compile their jury pools from the voter registration lists for a county, supplemented with property tax records, telephone directories and/or utility customer lists.

“The Jury Pool Master List project team has worked very closely with the BMV to obtain the necessary data for creation of the master list,” the order states. “In the past, some courts have obtained data for their jury pools directly from the BMV. This practice has been discontinued; courts are to use the Master List created by this project, not contact the BMV directly.”

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