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D.C. court says no trials delayed as a result of jury duty computer glitch

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D.C. Superior Court officials on Thursday said they were able to secure enough jurors to avoid delaying any trials, despite a glitch that resulted in the court failing to send out two weeks of jury summonses to thousands of District residents.

Court officials had to email 2,330 District residents after an internal computer problem in December affected notices to residents who had jury duty during the weeks of Jan. 29 and Feb. 5.

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“We appreciate everyone who serves jury duty throughout the year, but I want to especially thank those who served the past two weeks on such short notice,” said Robert E. Morin, the court’s chief judge. “We are most appreciative that you were able to serve without the standard lead time. You allows us to function with all trials proceeding as scheduled.”

Jurors traditionally have a month’s notice between receiving their summons and the date to appear for jury duty. As a result of the glitch, potential jurors only had a few days of notice.

Court officials said administrators have “taken steps” to prevent any such glitch from occurring in the future.

“We are grateful to have in our community individuals who recognize the value of jury duty and who willingly serve and contribute to the administration of justice in the nation’s capital,” added Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, chief judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals.