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Venango County Again Abolishes Jury Commissioner Posts

July 10, 2013

The Venango County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously voted once again to abolish the posts of jury commissioner.

The same action was taken last year following the passage of legislation in 2011 allowing Pennsylvania counties to make such a move.  42 of the Commonwealth’s 67 counties voted to eliminate their jury commissioner positions, but in March the State Supreme Court overturned the law, saying it violated a constitutional requirement that a new law be confined to a single subject.

State lawmakers quickly approved a new version of the law, and it was signed in May by Governor Tom Corbett.

Supporters of the change say much of the work that has been done by jury commissioners can be accomplished by computer programs that can be overseen by other county employees.  The law was strongly opposed by the Pennsylvania Association of Jury Commissioners.

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