Being summoned for jury duty is sometimes seen as a burden. It takes the individual away from their normal routine, their work and their families. However, after their service is completed, many realize why jurors are so very important to our judicial system. Being a juror is more than just an obligation, but an opportunity to participate in a very important aspect of our democracy.
Today, jury service is commonly accepted as one of the few obligations of good citizenship. National polls indicate that Americans hold the jury system in the highest regard. They believe the jury system provides the most fair method of determining guilt or innocence or liability and compensation; and they consider juries to be the most important part of the justice system.
While Americans overwhelmingly support the jury system, many people fail to even appear for jury duty when summoned. If you receive a summons, look upon it as an invitation to participate in the American experiment of self-government. Participation, deliberation, fairness, equality, accountability, liberty and the common good — these are constitutional values, and they are embedded in jury service. The invitation to jury service is a privilege. The simple fact is that jury duty is one of the few constitutional rights we have that not every citizen has the opportunity to experience.
Again, thank you to everyone who has been part of the jury process and those who will be a part of it in the future.
Judge David Reddy
Judge Phillip Koss
Judge Kristine Drettwan
Judge Daniel Johnson
Clerk of Courts Sheila Reiff