Juror Appreciation Week kicks off April 29

   

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Members of the judiciary branch of government are looking to say thanks to the more than 75,000 Missourians who reported for jury duty in state courts in 207.

Judges, lawyers, and court clerks will celebrate Missouri’s Juror Appreciation Week from April 29 through May 5, 2018.

As part of the week, court staff and legal professionals from more than 50 courthouses will emphasize the importance of jurors and their contributions to the courts and community.

Many will display a poster provided by The Missouri Bar thanking jurors for doing their part. Judges also may take additional time to thank jurors and to acknowledge the significance of their service. Other activities include special ceremonies and official proclamations marking the event.

Missouri Bar President Morry Cole said that is important to keep in mind that a trial by jury is a constitutional promise to citizens.

“Maintaining the right to a trial by jury is fundamental to upholding our constitution and democracy. As lawyers and judges, we appreciate those who give their time to promote justice for all,” Cole said.

Missouri is one of only a few states that hold such an event, stretching back to 2000 when an order by the Missouri Supreme Court stated “Each year thousands of Missourians perform one of the most significant civic duties granted to citizens — they serve as fair and impartial jurors in communities throughout the state. To honor those citizens who have performed their civic duty, all Missouri courts are directed to observe Juror Appreciation Week…”

“Our resources are here to help court officials celebrate this important event,” Cole said. “Observing Juror Appreciation Week—with visual aids, a visit from a judge or otherwise—reminds Missourians that their jury service helps carry out the promises stated in our country’s Sixth and Seventh Amendments.”

You can visit the event webpage to learn more about Juror Appreciation Week or take a quiz to test your knowledge on jury service. You can also join the celebration and share photos of your activities on social media using #ThankAJuror.

Benjamin Peters is a reporter for the Missouri Times and Missouri Times Magazine, and also produces the #MoLeg Podcast. He joined the Missouri Times in 2016 after working as a sports editor and TV news producer in mid-Missouri. Benjamin is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield. To contact Benjamin, email benjamin@themissouritimes.com or follow him on Twitter @BenjaminDPeters.