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Public Notice for Random Draw

April 28, 2009

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 court’s website that explains the process by which names are randomly and periodically drawn from the 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 jurors. First, a Master Jury Wheel is created by selecting names at random from the voter registration lists or lists of actual voters from each general election, Presidential and Gubernatorial. Then names are randomly drawn periodically from the Master Jury Wheel to receive juror qualification questionnaires / summons. Individuals’ answers to these questions 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.

Clerk of Court