The new Manhattan county clerk, former State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling, wants to make Manhattan juries more diverse. The former judge states that in his prior experience on the bench the individuals who showed up for jury duty did not necessarily reflect the various groups of people who lived in Manhattan. Therefore, when he takes over on 1 January, he plans to recruit potential jurors from senior centers, community organizations, and high schools. According to the future clerk,
We have people who are professional juror avoiders and I want to change that...We are the most opinionated people in New York. Everybody in Manhattan has an opinion about everything. Being in a jury gives you an opportunity to have your opinion mean something to somebody. You are not just mouthing off.