From Staff Reports
The state Supreme Court is getting an award for changes made last year to Michigan’s jury rules.
Judges all over the state can now allow jurors to take notes, to ask questions, to examine evidence and to talk amongst themselves about the trial even before final deliberations.
The award comes from the National Center for State Courts.
At first, judges and lawyers in Michigan were largely against the changes, according to Chief Justice Robert Young. But a two-year pilot project showed promising results.
Northern Michigan judges serving the Eastern Upper Peninsula, Charlevoix and Emmet counties, as well as Mason and Lake counties participated in the pilot.
The 2012 G. Thomas Munsterman Award for Jury Innovation will be officially presented to the Michigan Supreme Court at the opening of its next term October 9th.