Each year the Cumberland County Jury Commission prepares a
Master Jury List from the electronic list of prospective jurors provided
by the NC Department of Motor Vehicles that consists of names appearing
in the date-bases of the Cumberland County Board of Elections (registered
voters) and the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (licensed
drivers in Cumberland County.)
The Master List is thereafter provided to Cumberland County in electronic form. And the
alphabetized list is available in electronic form for public inspection
in the Office of the Clerk of Superior Court during normal office hours.
That list contains only juror names. [Pursuant to N.C.G.S. 9-4(b)] The
addresses of prospective jurors are confidential and not subject to
disclosure without an order of the court.
One month prior to the court session, the court system
provides county government a total number of prospective jurors required
to report for each court session. (This schedule is set by policy of the
Senior Resident Superior Court Judge and the Chief District Court
The county randomly selects that number of prospective
jurors electronically from the Master List and prepares jury summonses
that are delivered to the sheriff of Cumberland County
for service. A listing of the
jurors summonsed is also provided to the court system.
Jury trials are held in both the district courts and
superior courts for civil cases, and in the superior courts for criminal
cases. A jury trial may also be held by the Clerk of Superior Court in
matters heard by the Clerk.
The total number of trial courts scheduled to operate
during an upcoming week determines the total number of jurors summonsed
for that session of court.