(Editor’s Note: This post was updated at 12:25 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5 to reflect that all jury summonses were sent to prospective jurors.)
HAYS COUNTY – Jury summonses for the remainder of January and early February have been sent to prospective jurors.
Summonses were hand-delivered following an error by a Hays County vendor that affected more than 6,000 jury notices throughout multiple county offices, according to Hays County District Clerk Avrey Anderson Sr.
“[The vendor] has corrected its mistake from what we know at this point,” Anderson Sr. said in an update to the public at 8:20 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4. “We will continue to follow up to ensure that we are in a certain and organized position so that this does not occur again.”
The summonses were printed and distributed to county constables, who hand-delivered the documents to prospective jurors for the upcoming Jan. 8 trial setting.
“It’s an unfortunate situation due to the important nature of the cases that are currently on the dockets,” Anderson Sr. said in a news release. “As a result, the constables hand-delivered the documents to multiple residences.”
The district clerk added his appreciation for the patience of Hays County residents during this time, as the county works with the vendor to resolve the ongoing issue.
“We would like to extend our gratitude to the citizens of Hays County for their patience and their service in this essential judicial process,” said Anderson Sr. “If this issue is not resolved by the end of the week, we will continue to seek alternative methods of serving the jury summons of Hays County.”
Those who have received a notice on their door or mailbox should be advised that it is an official summons from the Hays County District Clerk.