Phoenix Creates Scofflaw Court For No-Show Jurors

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http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0722juryduty22.html Phoenix courts are threatening potential jurors with contempt charges and fines up to $500 if they do not appear in court when summoned, the Arizona Republic reports. Colin Campbell, presiding judge of Maricopa County Superior Court, yesterday signed an order creating a "Scofflaw Court" to put teeth into jury reform. He said that for every 100 people summoned to serve as jurors, the court gets about 25 "real bodies" back. Many postpone their service, but others simply ignore their duty . . .

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