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File #: 21-2785    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Request for approval Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 6/4/2021 In control: Commissioners Court
On agenda: 6/8/2021 Final action:
Title: Request by the District Clerk for approval for an additional budget appropriation for FY2021-22 in the amount of $500,500 to implement Part 1 of the Juror Participation Plan, as recommended by the Budget Management Department, which includes initiatives to increase convenience and improve the juror experience: meal vouchers at NRG, provide free parking at 1401 Congress, distinct signage for juror parking, free coffee, and an awareness campaign.
Attachments: 1. 21-2785 - DEPT 550 AGENDA ITEM CC 06-08-2021--JURY PARTICIPATION PLAN FINAL.pdf
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To: Harris County Commissioners Court

Through: Marilyn Burgess, Harris County District Clerk
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Prepared By: Araceli Carrizales, Financial Services Administrator, District Clerk's Office

Subject: Supplemental Agenda Item - Juror Participation Plan Part 1: Initiatives to increase convenience and the juror experience along with associated costs.
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Purpose and Request:
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Request by the District Clerk for approval for an additional budget appropriation for FY2021-22 in the amount of $500,500 to implement Part 1 of the Juror Participation Plan, as recommended by the Budget Management Department, which includes initiatives to increase convenience and improve the juror experience: meal vouchers at NRG, provide free parking at 1401 Congress, distinct signage for juror parking, free coffee, and an awareness campaign.
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Background and Discussion:
On 03/30/2021, at a regular meeting of Commissioners Court, it was ordered that Budget Management convene the Commissioners Court's Analyst's Office, the Justice Administration Department, the District Clerk, and relevant stakeholders and bring back a recommendation regarding our jury initiative 30 days or less. Please find the attached Supplemental Agenda Item letter for the District Clerk to be authorized to implement Part 1 which include five initiatives of the Juror Participation Plan as recommended by the Budget Management Department. The five initiatives include: meal vouchers while at NRG for prospective jurors onsite after 11:00 a.m. and prior to selection as a seated juror, provide free parking at the 1401 Congress Parking Garage, distinct signage for Juror Parking on 1401 Congress Parking Garage, free coffee, and an awareness campaign. This implementation requires approval from Commissioners Court for an additional budget appropriation to the District Clerk for Fiscal Year 2021-22 in the amount of $500,500. The estimated ongoing costs include $115,000 ...

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