Nicholas Kozay Jr., 86, of Philadelphia, a retired Common Pleas Court judge, died Thursday, July 31, of congestive heart failure at his home.
While training as a lawyer, Judge Kozay began his career in the Municipal Court system as a clerk.
In the early 1970s, he was appointed jury commissioner. He went on to implement the "one day/one trial" system for jurors.
Under the one-day model, a potential juror comes to the courthouse knowing that if he or she is not chosen for jury duty by the end of the day, the obligation to serve has been met.
His family said that the program was very well-received, and that he traveled to other cities to show officials how to implement it.