• In the event that any county of this state cannot obtain and select names for jury selection by automated means pursuant to § 22-2-301, the county may utilize the alternate jury selection method set out in this section.
    • (1) The jury box, a suitable and well-bound book in which to record the jury list and any necessary stationery shall be purchased by the jury coordinator and paid for by the county, and the jury coordinator shall be the custodian of these items. Neither the book nor the box shall be opened except as provided in this part.

    • Terms Used In Tennessee Code 22-2-302

      • Person: includes a corporation, firm, company or association. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
      • Record: means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in a perceivable form. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
      • signed: includes a mark, the name being written near the mark and witnessed, or any other symbol or methodology executed or adopted by a party with intention to authenticate a writing or record, regardless of being witnessed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
      • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
      • written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105

      (2)

      • (A) The jury coordinator and the circuit court clerk, or the clerk’s deputy if the circuit court clerk serves as the jury coordinator, referred to as “witness” in this part, shall meet in the circuit court clerk’s office at a time fixed by the presiding judge of the judicial district to select the names of prospective jurors to serve in the courts of the county. The names, which shall constitute the jury list, shall be selected randomly from licensed driver records or lists, tax records, or other available and reliable sources. The jury coordinator may utilize a single source or any combination of sources. The jury coordinator is prohibited from using the permanent voter registration records as a source to compile the jury list.

      • (B) The number of names to be placed on the jury list shall be determined by the presiding judge of the judicial district.

      • (C) The jury coordinator and the circuit court clerk, or the clerk’s deputy if the circuit court clerk serves as the jury coordinator, shall repeat this procedure as often as reasonably necessary, but in no event may a list be retained for more than two (2) years. Prior to repeating this procedure and compiling a new jury list, no person may add to or take from the existing list, except as provided in this part.

    • (3)

      • (A) At the top of each page of the well-bound book shall be written or printed the words, “Jury list for ____ County.” Following these words and preceding the list of names shall be written these words, “Jury List Selected by ____, Jury Coordinator for ____ County, on the ____ day of ____, ____.”

      • (B) Immediately following this heading shall be recorded the list of jurors selected, placing one (1) name on each line, arranging the names in alphabetical order and numbering them consecutively, beginning with No. 1.

      • (C) At the end of the list shall be written and signed by the jury coordinator and the witness the following: “I, ____, Jury Coordinator for ____ County, and ____, (witness) certify that the foregoing is the jury list selected by us for the next ____ year(s)/month(s)/days for the county. This the ____ day of ____, ____.”

    • (4)

      • (A) The names on the list, preceded by the original number thereof, shall be written by the jury coordinator on tickets or cards of paper uniform in size, and placed in the jury box in the presence of the witness, the box to be kept securely locked and under seal, and it shall not be unlocked or the seal broken except by the order of and in the presence of the jury coordinator and a witness, and then only for the purpose of refilling the box or drawing from the box the names of jurors for jury service, or by order of a judge holding court as provided in this part.

      • (B) The jury book shall be kept in secret by the jury coordinator under lock and key and no one shall be allowed to inspect the jury book except the presiding judge of the judicial district or the jury coordinator.