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Gwinnett launches text notifications for jurors

The Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Center. FILE PHOTO
The Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Center. FILE PHOTO

Rejoice, Gwinnettians who have been summoned for jury duty — you no longer have to call a random number or check a website to know when to report.

Gwinnett County announced this week the roll out of text notifications for potential jurors, meaning jurors will now "receive automatic messages about their upcoming jury duty, as well as nightly updates throughout their service week notifying them whether or not to report for service."

"Jurors have been asking for an easier, more convenient way to get their juror status," Abby Carter, jury manager for the Gwinnett County courts, said in a news release. "With our new text messaging system, jurors receive proactive text messages without having to call or check the website – and they love it."

County officials said the new program also will improve juror compliance rates. During a recent trial, 96 percent of jurors that opted to received text reminders appeared in court on their appointed days.

In addition to making the process more convenient for the juror, the text messaging system improved juror compliance rates. During the trial, among those jurors that opted in to receive text reminders, an average of 96 percent appeared in court on their appointed days.

TextGov LLC provided the system.

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