Centre County Commissioners Discuss Doing Away with Jury Commissioners
Centre County could be the next to do away with the jury commissioner role by 2013, emulating many other counties in Pennsylvania that have been functioning without them for years.
That issue was discussed at the Centre County Commissioners regular meeting on Tuesday, which lasted about 30 minutes. Court Administrator Maxine Ishler said after evaluating the current situation, it appears the county could function without the two commissioners currently on staff.
The loss of the jury commissioners would not affect jury selection, Ishler said, and the Centre County office could "maintain impartiality" in choosing jurors without them, as it is only the initial round – getting potential jurors to the courthouse – that the offices preside over before jury selection is handed over to the court.
The commissioners would have to vote on whether to abolish the role by Dec. 31.
It was also announced that the Centre County executive offices will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday and on Jan. 1 in observance of New Year's.