The Superior Court of Merced County is celebrating Juror Appreciation Week in recognition of the service and participation of jurors from the local community.
Recognition for jurors during the second week in May was established by a special resolution passed by the California Legislature in 1998 to acknowledge the important contributions of citizens who devote their time and effort in “making the cherished right of trial by jury a reality,” according to a court press release.
“Jurors serve our community and those who need access to justice, which includes the right to a trial where they can be heard and judged by their peers,” said Linda Romero Soles, Merced County court executive officer. “In recognition of this valuable service, the judicial branch has worked to ease the inconvenience of jury duty with one-day or one-trial service and plain-language jury instructions. We in the court want each and every juror to know how much their participation and contribution to our American system of justice is appreciated.”
Annually, millions of Californians statewide participate in jury service. About 9 million people are summoned to jury service every year, and more than 3.5 million prospective jurors are eligible and available to serve. Around 80 percent of prospective jurors complete service in one day, according to the release.
For more information on jury service, contact Linda Romero Soles, court executive officer and jury commissioner, at (209) 725-4100, or visit the jury service section of the California Courts website, www.courts.ca.gov/juryservice.htm.