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Public Notice for Random Draw

May 17, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE

In accordance with the Plan for the Random Selection of Grand and Petit Jurors for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, one general notice is to be posted in the Clerk's Office and on the courts website that explains the process by which names are randomly and periodically drawn from the Master Jury Wheels.
 

PUBLIC DRAWING SPECIFICATIONS FOR MASTER JURY WHEELS

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C., Sec. 1861, all litigants "have the right to grand and petit jurors selected at random from a fair cross section of the community." This court uses a two-step process to select potential jurors. First, a Master Jury Wheel is created every two years by randomly selecting names from the voter records from each general election, presidential and gubernatorial. Second, names are then randomly drawn periodically from the Master Jury Wheel to create a qualified pool of potential jurors. Participants randomly drawn will first receive an instructional letter/summons directing them to complete their qualification questionnaire on line using eJUROR. If one does not have internet access, they can call for a paper qualification questionnaire to be mailed to them. Individuals' answers to these questions determine whether they are legally qualified to serve. If so, the names of those persons are put into a qualified pool of potential jurors. As prospective jurors are needed for a specific trial or grand jury panels, a Notice to Appear is sent to persons randomly selected from the qualified pool. 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.

STEPHEN C. DRIES
Clerk of Court