Xavier, Bar Association team up to produce new court video

Video aimed at new jurors, seeks to keep trials from becoming tribulations | June 13, 2003

Hamilton County jurors will be well-informed about their duties thanks to a new video produced by Xavier and the Cincinnati Bar Association. The 15-minute video, developed on behalf of the Cincinnati Community Action Now (CAN) committee, introduces jurors to the court system and court personnel, outlines the jury selection process and gives jurors a brief overview of the trial procedure. "The video clearly walks potential jurors through the process of serving on a jury," says John Norwine, executive director of the Cincinnati Bar Association and Foundation. "In addition, it shows diversity of age, race and gender, which more accurately reflects the makeup of the jury pool and the personnel inside the courtroom." The video previously used by the Hamilton County Jury Commissioner’s office was a compilation of several productions dating back 10 years and not specific to Hamilton County. The Cincinnati CAN justice system action team is using the new video as an opportunity to educate Hamilton County citizens about the jury process and the importance of fairness and diversity within the legal system. Cincinnati CAN grew out of the racial disparities the city faced after the riots of 2001. Employees of the Cincinnati Bar Association assisted in the production. They portrayed jurors, courtroom personnel and the judge. Xavier’s television production services produced and edited the video. The bar association's foundation paid for the project. The video is now being shown to citizens called to jury duty in Hamilton County. For more information, contact Norwine at 513 381-8213 or Kelly Leon, director for external relations and coordinating producer of the video, at 513 745-3877.