Supreme Court approves annual master jury pool list

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The Indiana Supreme Court has completed its annual list for jury pool assembly, reiterating to trial courts that the practice of obtaining lists of potential jurors from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles has been discontinued.

In an order  issued Sept. 10, the court approved the 2022 Master List for Jury Pool Assembly. The list merged BMV customer files and taxpayer records, sifting out people in those lists who are deceased, underage, nonresidents or noncitizens.

Counties can use the jury pool list or compile their own by using voter registration lists supplemented with at least one of the following: property tax records, phone directories or utility customer lists.

Similar to previous admonitions from the high court, the justice’s order reminded county courts to stop using data for jury pool lists collected from the BMV.

“This practice has been discontinued; courts are to use the Master List created by this project, not contact the BMV directly,” Chief Justice Loretta Rush wrote for the court.

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