- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) - Oops. There are no jurors in a suburban Portland courthouse this week. Due to a simple human error, no jurors were summoned.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/QHJbrc ) that the Washington County Circuit Court goof went unnoticed until Monday, when it was too late to fix the mistake.

Court officials say that every Monday, which is a non-trial day, the court’s jury coordinator builds a randomly selected jury panel to be summoned for a date four to five weeks out. Letters are then printed and mailed.

Court administrator Richard Moellmer says when the unidentified jury coordinator created this week’s panel, the employee mistakenly entered next week’s dates. That meant jurors needed for trials beginning Tuesday were summoned for Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Several trials had to be pushed to later dates, changing the plans of judges, lawyers, witnesses and defendants. Most defendants scheduled for trial were not in custody.

In future, Moellmer says court staff will rely on a new safeguard - a wall calendar.


Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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