The Galveston County district clerk on Friday began sending out a new version of its jury summons card, as part of an update to the county's jury selection system.

The new postcard-size card urges jurors to go online, text or call the county clerk's office enter an identification number from the card and complete a juror qualification questionnaire.

The new system replaces one that has been in place for 25 years, Galveston County clerk John Kinard said.

The new system will allow the county to contact jurors about cancellations and changes to their jury service automatically, and will reduce the number of summons that are returned as "undeliverable," the county said.

Kinard cautioned people to look out for the new cards, as they look different from the jury summonses that have been used in the past.

The first of the new cards were sent out Friday for people who will be part of the jury pool on May 21.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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Ron Shelby

What is the carrot, or stick, if they ignore the card?

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