In recent years, the Indiana Supreme Court has moved to protect the privacy of jurors.
Jury Rule 10
Jury Rule 10 of the Indiana Rules of Court was changed in January 2003 to protect juror privacy and offer more safety to jurors. Jury Rule 10 states "Personal information relating to a juror or prospective juror not disclosed in open court is confidential" other than for the use of the parties and counsel. The Citizens Commission for the Future of Indiana Courts recommended the change to Jury Rule 10 after an extensive study of Indiana's jury system.
As to juror information, Administrative Rule 9 comports with the intent of Jury Rule 10 and takes into consideration the wishes of jurors to maintain their privacy.
Administrative Rule 9(G)(1)(b)(xii) closes "personal information relating to jurors or prospective jurors" found in court documents.
If a reporter wishes to contact jurors either weeks or months after a trial, the reporter can make a request for jurors' contact information through the process outlined in Admin. Rule 9(I). In this case, the court can contact the jurors to determine whether any object. It is assumed that if a juror objects, the judge will deny the request for that juror's address or phone number. If the juror does not object, the judge will either provide the juror's contact information to the reporter or give the reporter's contact information to the juror.
This procedure serves the interests of juror privacy and safety while also accommodating the newsgathering needs of the media.