Designation by rule of district court; selection of trial jurors; list of qualified electors; duties.
The district court may by rule of court designate the clerk of the court, one of the clerk’s deputies or another person as a jury commissioner, and may assign to the jury commissioner such administrative duties in connection with trial juries and jurors as the court finds desirable for efficient administration.
If a jury commissioner is so selected, the jury commissioner shall from time to time estimate the number of trial jurors which will be required for attendance on the district court and shall select that number from the qualified electors of the county not exempt by law from jury duty, whether registered as voters or not. The jurors may be selected by computer whenever procedures to assure random selection from computerized lists are established by the jury commissioner.
The jury commissioner shall, for the purpose of selecting trial jurors, compile and maintain a list of qualified electors from information provided by:
A list of persons who are registered to vote in the county;
In compiling and maintaining the list of qualified electors, the jury commissioner shall avoid duplication of names.
The jury commissioner shall:
Keep a record of the name, occupation, address and race of each trial juror selected pursuant to subsection 2;
Keep a record of the name, occupation, address and race of each trial juror who appears for jury service; and
Prepare and submit a report to the Court Administrator which must:
Include statistics from the records required to be maintained by the jury commissioner pursuant to this subsection, including, without limitation, the name, occupation, address and race of each trial juror who is selected and of each trial juror who appears for jury service;
Be submitted at least once a year; and
Be submitted in the time and manner prescribed by the Court Administrator.
The jury commissioner shall not select the name of any person whose name was selected the previous year, and who actually served on the jury by attending in court in response to the venire from day to day until excused from further attendance by order of the court, unless there are not enough other suitable jurors in the county to do the required jury duty.