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  • UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF HAWAII

    PUBLIC NOTICE OF THE PROCESS BY WHICH NAMES
    OF PROSPECTIVE JURORS ARE PERIODICALLY AND RANDOMLY DRAWN

    Pursuant to 28 USC §1861, all litigants "have the right to grand and petit jurors selected at random from a fair cross section of the community." The court uses a two-step process to select jurors. First, a master jury wheel is created by selecting names at random from the lists furnished by the City and County of Honolulu Department of Motor Vehicles and from the City and County of Honolulu Office of the City Clerk's Election Division of registered voters in all counties of this district. Then, names are randomly drawn periodically from the master jury wheel to receive juror qualification questionnaires. Individuals' answers to these questionnaires determine whether they are legally qualified to serve. If so, the names of those persons are put on a second wheel, the qualified jury wheel. As prospective jurors are needed for a specific trial or grand jury, juror summonses are sent to persons randomly selected from the qualified wheel. All of these selections are carried out through an electronic data processing system for pure randomized selection. The pure randomized process ensures that the mathematical odds of any single name being picked are substantially equal.