NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC - 28 U.S.C. 1861

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
OFFICE OF THE CLERK

TONY R. MOORE
CLERK

TELEPHONE: 318-676-4273
FACSIMILE: 318-676-3962

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC

 

Pursuant to 28 U. S. C. 1861, all litigants "have the right to grand and petit jurors selected at random from a fair cross section of the community." The court uses a two-step process to select jurors. First, a master jury wheel is created every four years following the Gubernatorial elections by selecting names at random from the Louisiana Voter Registration for the parishes in this district. Then, names are randomly drawn periodically from the master jury wheel to receive juror qualification questionnaires. Individuals' answers to these questionnaires determine whether they are legally qualified to serve. If so, the names of those persons are put on a second wheel, a qualified jury wheel. As prospective jurors are needed for a specific trial or grand jury, juror summonses are sent to persons randomly selected from the qualified wheel. All of these selections are carried out through a properly programmed electronic data processing system for pure randomized selection. The pure randomized process ensures that the mathematical odds of any single name being picked are substantially equal.

 

Posted in the Clerk's Office
of the United States Courthouse
Shreveport, LA
and Court's website 04/08/11