Knox County Court Clerk Mike Hammond and Chief Deputy Richard Major traveled to Atlanta, GA this past September for the National Center for State Courts' Fair and Effective Practices in Jury System Management Conference. Approximately fifteen percent of the adult American population is summonsed to jury service each year in state and federal courts. An estimated 8 to 10 million citizens report for jury service annually to courthouses across the country. Over 1,700 Knox County citizens have already completed jury service this year. The Conference is designed to inform and educate jury system managers so that they may professionally administer and enhance their jury systems. The N.C.S.C. utilizes their detailed knowledge and extensive experience to enable jury managers to better insure that the jury selection process is efficient and cost-effective, that judges, lawyers, litigants and the public have confidence in the fairness and impartiality of the jury trial system, and that jurors have the appropriate tools and instruments during trial and deliberations to render informed and fair judgments.