TO PROVIDE FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING FOR JURORS WHO ARE EXPOSED TO GRAPHIC EVIDENCE OR TESTIMONY.
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.
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