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Section 40.225, Florida Statutes, provides for the selection of jurors to serve within the county by an “automated electronic system.” Pursuant to that section, the chief judge of the circuit must review and consent to the juror selection process, and the clerk of the circuit court must submit to the Supreme Court of Florida a description of the method for selecting jurors. Section 40.225(3), Florida Statutes, charges the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court with the review and approval of the proposed juror selection process, hereinafter referred to as the “juror selection plan.”

The use of technology in the selection of jurors has been customary within Florida for more than 20 years and the Supreme Court has developed standards necessary to ensure that juror selection plans satisfy statutory, methodological, and due process requirements. The Court has tasked the Office of the State Courts Administrator with evaluating proposed plans to determine their compliance with those standards.

On February 28, 2014, the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Alachua County submitted the Alachua County Juror Selection Plan for review and approval in accordance with section 40.225(2), Florida Statutes. The proposed plan reflects changes to both hardware and software used for juror pool selection in Alachua County.

The Office of the State Courts Administrator has completed an extensive review of the proposed Alachua County Juror Selection Plan, including an evaluation of statutory, due process, statistical, and mathematical elements associated with selection of jury candidates. The plan meets established requirements for approval.

Accordingly, the attached Alachua County Juror Selection Plan, submitted on February 28, 2014, by The Honorable J. K. Irby, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Alachua County, and approved by The Honorable Robert E. Roundtree, Chief Judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit, is hereby approved for use.

DONE AND ORDERED at Tallahassee, Florida, on March 11, 2014.
Chief Justice Ricky Polston
John A. Tomasino, Clerk of Court
Ricky Polston, Chief Justice
John A. Tomasino, Clerk of Court

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