David Bookstaver, Director
Mai Yee, Assistant Director
Date: June 17, 2004
|Court System Launches Second Phase of Jury Reform
in New York:
Focus on Lessening Juror Downtime and
Improving the Juror Experience
NEW YORK - Chief Judge Judith
S. Kaye launched the second phase of jury reform in New York
today, announcing a series of operational changes aimed at
more effectively utilizing juror time. The new program follows
a study that reveals 82 percent of New Yorkers called for
jury service are never selected to serve on a trial and is
based upon recommendations contained in the interim report
of The Commission on the Jury, a task force empaneled last
year by the Chief Judge. One of the major improvements to
be enacted will be an increase in time off between successive
calls to jury service: up to six years from four, with eight
years off for persons who serve more than ten days.
Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman said, “Given
the overwhelming success of the court system’s jury
reform efforts to date in New York, we are confident that
this new program will meet with similar favorable results.
We are committed to implementing the recommendations of The
Commission on the Jury, which are targeted toward enhancing
the quality of the juror experience, better utilization of
juror time, and lessening the inevitable periods of waiting.
The reforms are common-sense operational measures that can
be implemented administratively and instituted immediately.
I thank Mark Zauderer and all the commission members for
giving us the roadmap to navigate through this next critical
phase in New York’s jury reform program.”