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Juror questionnaires to be mailed out

Starting next week, juror questionnaires will be mailed to state residents, including 55,000 people in Maui County.

The annual state Judiciary questionnaires are mailed to people who have a state driver’s license or who are registered to vote in the state. Questionnaires are used to help select potential jurors who may be eligible to serve in 2021.

Individuals are selected at random.

Anyone receiving a questionnaire has 10 days to complete and return it to the Jury Pool Office in the envelope provided. Those who fail to respond may be penalized.

To be eligible to serve as a juror, people must be at least 18 years old, a citizen of the United States and resident of Hawaii, and able to read and understand English.

The state Department of Health is in varying stages of reviewing and approving circuit courts’ health-and-safety plans to resume jury selection and jury trials. The plan includes touchless temperature scans and Centers for Disease Control-recommended screening questions before entering a courthouse; required face coverings; enforced social distancing measures; and increased cleaning and disinfecting of facilities.

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