Panel approves bill to broaden jury pools

A bill that would allow Nevada's largest county, encompassing Las Vegas, to have access to utility company lists to broaden jury pools has been approved by a Nevada Assembly panel.

AB43, endorsed Monday by the Commerce and Labor Committee, would give Clark County the same access to the utility company lists that other counties now have for purposes of juror selection.

Chief Clark County District Judge Kathy Hardcastle had urged approval of the measure, saying it would ensure that a wide spectrum of people can be considered for jury selection.

A Jury Improvement Commission report in 2002 said voter registration and DMV records are the two best sources for jury pools, but a minimum of three lists should be used with the goal of reaching 80 percent of the qualified population.


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