Last updated: September 18. 2013 11:15PM - 1124 Views
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HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s highest court is upholding a law that permits counties to do away with the job of jury commissioner.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a brief order that rejected an attempt by jury commissioners and their association to overturn the law signed by Gov. Tom Corbett in May.

Earlier this year, the justices struck down a previous version of the law. The new ruling concerns a law passed by the Legislature to address problems with the previous version, under which 42 counties did away with the job.

In Luzerne County, the recent adoption of the home rule-type government eliminated the jury commissioner posts for future years in response to public complaints it was often a no-show, do-nothing job. The Republican and Democrat who held those positions resigned, giving up the salaries they would have been guaranteed until the end of this year when their terms would have expired.

A single justice, Debra Todd, dissented from the majority decision. The court plans to issue full opinions later.

Jury commissioners develop procedures to pick jury lists, make sure jurors are selected fairly and manage jury pools.

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