The changes listed below were due in large part to Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens who drew the ire of local prosecutors for dismissing non-diverse jury pools.
Changes in the works at the state level by the court administrative office, some of which are pending approval by the state Supreme Court, include revisions to state rules not updated since 1998.
- Entered into an agreement with the Kentucky Board of Elections to get names from voter registry quarterly instead of the mandated yearly update. Agreements are in the works to do the same with the other two sources of the potential juror master list – the driver’s license registry and those filing state individual income taxes. This, in theory, will keep the list of mailing addresses more accurate.
- Implement a standardized, automated system of postcard notifications to no-show jurors and then follow up with failure to appear letters. This has not occurred with any sustained consistency in Jefferson County, though when it has been done, appearance rates improved.
- Moved a full-time AOC employee over jury management issues. Previously, there's been no key point person.
- Remove “legalese” and other cumbersome language from paperwork sent to citizens.
- Move some jury administration elements to Frankfort and out of Jefferson County to save an estimated $44,000 yearly. No local jobs are expected to be lost with this change.
- Seeking $12,000 in grant funding to work with the Louisville Bar Association to create a "juror awareness campaign" targeted in Louisville that would include informational videos and bus advertising. Would seek to cut the failure to appear rate and boost confidence in the system.
To read more about these changes go here.