Jury Commission

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A group of officials charged with the responsibility of choosing the names of prospective jury members or of selecting the list of jurors for a particular term in court.

The provisions governing these officers vary greatly from one state to another. In certain states, they are elected, and in others, they are appointed by the governor or by judges. Commissioners may be regarded as officers of the state or county or of the court which they serve. In choosing the names to compose the jury list, the commissioners have the power to decide those who are fit to serve as jurors or whether particular individuals possess the qualifications set forth by the statutes. The list, however, must be selected without discrimination from all those qualified to serve as jurors.