Classification 51: Jury Panel Investigations
The Bureau established this classification in 1924 to assist the Department of Justice in the selection of potential jury members. Approval of the Attorney General or appropriate Assistant Attorney General is required before Bureau investigations are undertaken. Some of the cases sent by the department of Justice consist of a list of prospective jury panel members. Prior to 1971, the name of a prospective jury panel member was checked for a criminal record, a credit check, and a search of appropriate Field Office records. With passage of the Fair Credit reporting Act of 1971, the credit check was eliminated.