Enacts GS 9-33 authorizing judges to offer up to 10 hours of counseling, without charge, to any person who served as a juror or alternate juror during a trial involving graphic evidence or testimony. The counseling may be coordinated by the Administrative Office of the Courts through the Employee Assistance Program or through other arrangements made with county-operated area mental health providers. Amends GS 7A-312(b) to allow jurors who waive their juror fees to designate the use of their fees for such counseling services. Authorizes the Judicial Department to use up to $10,000 for such counseling during each year of the 2011-13 biennium. Effective for persons serving as jurors on or after July 1, 2011.
Bill H 356 (2011-2012)Summary date: Mar 15 2011 - More information