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§ 9‑2.  Preparation ofjury list; sources of names.

(a)        It shall be theduty of the jury commission on July 1 of every odd‑numbered year toprepare a list of prospective jurors qualified under this Chapter to serve inthe biennium beginning on January 1 of the next year. Instead of providing alist for an entire biennium, the commission may prepare a list each year if thesenior regular resident superior court judge requests in writing that it do so.

(b)        In preparing thelist, the jury commission shall use the list of registered voters and personswith drivers license records supplied to the county by the Commissioner ofMotor Vehicles pursuant to G.S. 20‑43.4. The commission shall remove fromthe list the names of those residents of the county who are recently deceased,which shall be supplied to the commission by the State Registrar under G.S.130A‑121(a). The commission may use fewer than all the names from thelist if it uses a random method of selection. The commission may use othersources of names deemed by it to be reliable.

(c),(d)  Repealed by SessionLaws 2003‑226, s. 7(d), effective January 1, 2004.

(e)        The jury commissionshall merge the entire list of names of each source used and randomly selectthe desired number of names to form the jury list.

(f)         The jury listshall contain not less than one and one‑quarter times and not more thanthree times as many names as were drawn for jury duty in all courts in thecounty during the previous biennium, or, if an annual list is being prepared asrequested under subsection (a) of this section the jury list shall contain notless than one and one‑quarter times and not more than three times as manynames as were drawn for jury duty in all courts in the county during theprevious year but in no event shall the list include fewer than 500 names,except that in counties in which a different panel of jurors is selected foreach day of the week, there is no limit to the number of names that may beplaced on the jury list.

(g)        Repealed by SessionLaws 2003‑226, s. 7(d), effective January 1, 2004.

(h)        As used in thissection "random" or "randomly" refers to a method ofselection that results in each name on a list having an equal opportunity to beselected. (1806,c. 694, P.R.; Code, ss. 1722, 1723; 1889, c. 559; 1897, cc. 117, 539; 1899, c.729; Rev., s. 1957; C.S., s. 2312; 1947, c. 1007, s. 1; 1967, c. 218, s. 1;1969, c. 205, s. 1; c. 1190, s. 49½; 1973, c. 83, ss. 1, 2; 1981, c. 430, s. 1;c. 720, s. 1; 1981 (Reg. Sess., 1982), c. 1226, s. 1; 1983, c. 197, s. 2; 2003‑226,s. 7(d); 2007‑512, s. 1.)