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Jury Management Performance Measures 

WHAT ARE JURY MANAGEMENT MEASURES?

Jury management measures include Juror Yield and Juror Utilization.  Juror Yield is the percentage of citizens who were sent qualification questionnaires who qualified for jury duty and available to serve.  Juror Utilization has three percentages – the percentage of jurors who were summoned that were told to report; the percentage of jurors who actually reported that were sent to a courtroom for jury selection; and the percentage of jurors who were sent to a courtrooms for jury selection that were used in a trial or questioned in order to be seated for a trial.  See the Jury Statistics Report.  This report is due by March 31 of each year and must be submitted in MCAP (no paper forms accepted).  If you want more information or have questions, please see our updated FAQs and Supplemental Worksheet​.
 

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO MEASURE MANAGEMENT OF THE JURY PROCESS?

Jury management measures are designed to assess the effectiveness of jury management in a trial court.  The data provides information necessary to determine if a court is maximizing the use of citizens in the jury process and minimizing the number of unused prospective jurors, including the number of citizens summoned, qualified, and reporting for jury service.  Jury management balances the need for a sufficient number of jurors for a trial with the inconvenience and cost of calling jurors to the court. 
 

HOW ARE THE RATES OF JUROR YIELD AND USE MEASURED?

Juror Yield is calculated by dividing the number of jurors qualified with the number of questionnaires sent.  
 
Overall Juror Utilization is calculated by taking the following three percentages and multiplying them together.  Each percentage is also a measure of effectiveness. 
    1. Percentage of Jurors Summoned Who Were Told to Report equals the number of jurors who were told to report divided by the number of jurors who were summoned. This number is an indication of whether the court is summoning more jurors than necessary.
    2. Percent of Jurors that are Sent for Jury Selection equals the number of jurors that are sent to a courtroom divided by the number of jurors that are told to report to the court. This number is important to determine if the court is telling more jurors to report for service than is necessary.
    3. Percentage of the Panel Used equals the total number of jurors that were either questioned in voir dire and/or seated on a jury divided by the number of jurors that were sent to the courtroom. This number is important because it demonstrates whether the court is sending more jurors to the courtroom than are necessary for the jury process.

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