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§9‑2.1.  Alternate procedure in certain counties.

(a)        In counties havingaccess to electronic data processing equipment, the functions of preparing andmaintaining custody of the list of prospective jurors, the procedure fordrawing and summoning panels of jurors, and the procedure for maintainingrecords of names of jurors who have served, been excused, been delayed inservice, or been disqualified, may be performed by this equipment, except thatdecisions as to mental or physical competency of prospective jurors shallcontinue to be made by jury commissioners. The procedure for performing thesefunctions by electronic data processing equipment shall be in writing, adoptedby the jury commission, and kept available for public inspection in the officeof the clerk or court. The procedure must effectively preserve the authorizedgrounds for disqualification, the right of public access to the list ofprospective jurors, and the time sequence for drawing and summoning a jurypanel.

(b)        To facilitaterandom selection of jurors, all the names on the  biennial jury list may besorted into random order before the first venire is drawn. Thereafter, namesmay be selected sequentially from the randomized list without furtherrandomization, except as required by G.S. 15A‑1214. Public access to thejury list as required by G.S. 9‑ 4 shall be limited to an alphabeticallisting of the names. Access to the randomized list shall be prohibited. (1977,c. 220, s. 1; 1981, c. 430, s. 3; 1985, c. 368.)