Making Jury Duty a Hot Spot

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    Forget bringing a book to jury duty: Bring a laptop!

    San Diegans reporting for jury duty at San Diego Superior Court will now have the ability to access wireless Internet in the court’s jury lounge, free of cost. The court implemented the new program in an effort to enhance the experience of jury service.

    “Citizen participation is the lifeblood of our judicial system," presiding judge Kevin A. Enright said. "It is our goal to make that participation as good of an experience as possible. More and more jurors are bringing their laptops or other portable devices to the court and asking for access to the Internet while waiting to serve on a jury. We are happy to be able now to meet that need.”

    The courts created WiFi hot spots at the Superior Court’s four jury lounges in downtown San Diego, Chula Vista, El Cajon and Vista.
    “We understand when jurors are here to serve on jury duty that their time is valuable,” said Celeste Schwartz, the court’s chief information officer. “Being able to provide jurors a way to be productive by accessing their e-mail, completing written work or conducting online research while they’re waiting to be called to a courtroom can make a big difference in their jury experience.”
    Anybody with a valid juror badge number are given a court-provided password for access.