Panel Reviews Archaic Jury Duty Rules, Exemptions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Young children or blindfolded adults would have no future role in determining potential jurors under a proposed overhaul of the state's jury selection system.

The Tennessee Judicial Council is scheduled to meet today to decide whether to recommend updating archaic rules and making it more difficult for people to claim exemptions to jury duty.

Automated selection of jury pools would replace the state's current law that requires potential jurors' names be drawn out of a box by a child younger than 10 years old, or by a blindfolded adult.

That law is already widely ignored around the state.

The panel is also slated to consider the elimination of jury commissioners who were tasked with evaluating whether individuals met certain morality standards needed to be jurors.

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