Saline County Circuit Court to implement new system with more convenient communication with prospective jurors
SALINE COUNTY, Mo. — Beginning next month, prospective jurors in Saline County can choose to communicate with the court by text or email, as the Saline County Circuit Court implements the new Show-Me Jury system.
The Saline County Circuit Court will mail new Show-Me Jury summonses starting in October 2018 for jury service beginning January 2019.
“A big benefit to the public will be the ease of contacting and communication with the courts, and in particular, with the clerks managing the jury processes,” Circuit Clerk Sharon Crawford said. “Although Show-Me Jury is not completely paperless, it allows our potential jurors to do more online and choose how they want the court to let them know if they have been excused or disqualified for serving or if their service has been postponed or canceled. It really has made jury service so much more convenient for our citizens.”
Here’s how Missouri’s Show-Me Jury system works:
—The circuit court still sends the summons for jury service through the postal mail
—When potential jurors receive these materials, they now can go online at www.courts.mo.gov/ejuror to complete their juror qualification forms. This online questionnaire lets them choose their preferred method of communication with the court — whether by postal service, email or even text message.
—Potential jurors who do not have access to a computer or who prefer not to communicate information electronically, they may call the Saline County Circuit Clerk’s Office to request paper copies of questionnaires. They also can still call the Saline County’s automated telephone messaging system or check the court’s website for information.
Missouri courts do not require anyone to provide confidential information over the telephone call or by email. The Show-Me Jury system is designed to give citizens a choice on how they want to communicate with their local courts about potential jury service. Any call or email threatening the recipient with fines or jail time for failure to comply are fraudulent, are in no way connected with the Missouri courts, and should be reported to local law enforcement officials.
“Juries are a hallmark of the American justice system, and we truly appreciate the willingness of our citizens to serve as jurors,” Crawford said. “Through the Show-Me Jury system, we hope to make that service much easier and more convenient.”
The new Show-Me Jury system was piloted in the St. Louis city circuit court beginning in 2017. The Saline County Circuit Court is the 15th court to implement the system so far.