HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Cabell County judicial officials are
looking for ways to increase the number of people who respond to
summonses for jury duty.
Circuit Clerk Adell Chandler says her office has to summon more than twice the number of people it did nearly 20 years ago to get the
same number of qualified jurors.
Options being considered include follow-up letters and telephone
calls, and issuing fines to people who don't respond.
Chief Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell would rather avoid those
options. He says serving on a jury is a patriotic duty because the
system would otherwise fail.