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AMITE - Nearly-empty groups of candidates for jury duty have judges in the 21st Judicial District hand-delivering jury subpoenas in hopes the personal delivery will get people moving.

"We've had recent problems trying to get jurors here to try the cases we need to try," said Chief Judge Robert Morrison III.

Starting next year if you live in Tangipahoa, St. Helena or Livingston Parish, your jury summons will be hand-delivered instead of arriving in the mail. Judge Morrison explains it wasn't always the best method, but thinks this time will be different.

"The deputies were not serving people that they might be close to," said Judge Morrison. "We don't anticipate that problem again."

Sheriff's deputies will be paid $20 per subpoena to hand-deliver the summons, versus the $15 they're making now to mail them. Judge Morrison believes it's a small price to pay to ensure people stop avoiding their obligation to the parish.

Failing to show up to jury duty can result in fines, and possible jail time.

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