Channel 9 learned that the jury duty letters were sent out in error and on the taxpayers’ dime.
"My concern was, everybody must be getting this letter. I'm not just one person. There was an entire jury pool that was receiving this letter and thinking about the taxpayers, the money, why it happened, why there aren't systems in place?" she said.
Officials said jury staff forgot about the court closure for the hurricane and the computer system automatically sent out “failure to appear” notices to 200 people.
"Somebody at the court system should have been able to stop the letter from going out before worrying a lot of people, unnecessarily," she said.
A jury service representative said she would change Morrell’s status from “failed to report” to “excused.”
Courthouse officials said they were calling all of those affected to explain the situation, and to change the statuses of those summoned for jury duty to “excused.”