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Juveniles don’t vote, most don’t drive and none is known to have served on a Florida court jury. But that hasn’t stopped a computer from summoning an unknown number of children to sit in judgment in Broward Circuit Court. All of them are disabled. And some of their parents are beyond annoyed. “Attention Someone With a Brain,” an irate parent wrote on a jury excusal card. “My daughter is only 12 years old!” “There must have been a mistake,” wrote a guardian for a 9-year-old girl. It’s a latent Y2K quirk, Circuit Judge Robert Andrews explained this week. The judge, who oversees the administration of the court’s jury pools, said he’s received more than a half-dozen letters from Broward parents whose disabled children received jury summonses. He’s expecting a lot more. Andrews blames a computer system at the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, which supplies the state’s courts with names for jury pools from driver’s license information. He surmised the problem is triggered when parents file applications for handicapped parking permits in the names of their children. Once submitted, a computer that is still not Y2K compliant assigned 19th century birth dates to each youngster. “We’ve identified 500 children whom the computer has identified as being born in the 1800s,” said the judge, who fired off a letter to Tallahassee, Fla. A bureaucrat in Tallahassee acknowledged the problem, saying he had heard from other parts of the state, too. But in Miami-Dade, home to the state’s busiest circuit court, there have not been any reports, said Administrative Judge Stuart Simons. “They don’t have any problem on that at all.” A court administrator for the Palm Beach Circuit Court said it has had no trouble. In a June 13 letter, Harry D. Scott, chief of the Bureau of Records at the Division of Driver Licenses, promised Andrews he’d follow-up “with a more thorough and detailed response.” In the meantime, court administrators in Broward will have to endure a growing collection of admonitions from angry parents, and strike the children from their jury duty rosters. Warned the parent of the 12-year-old girl: “Don’t make me waste any more stamps because of stupidity.”

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