Juror Appreciation Week

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California Celebrates Juror Appreciation Week, May 13-17, 2019

"Serving on a jury is more than a civic responsibility—it is how each and every one of us provides access to justice for all," said Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.

In 1998, the California Legislature designated the second full week in May each year to honor the important contributions of citizens who devote their time and effort in "making the cherished right of trial by jury a reality and to raise awareness about their contribution to our courts."

Each year, the Judicial Council of California and the superior courts team up to recognize the millions of Californians who answer the call to serve their communities and put into practice the fundamental American ideal of justice.

Why celebrate Juror Appreciation Week?

  • To celebrate our jurors for their outstanding and important service;
  • To recognize the sacrifices jurors make in order to fulfill their civic duty;
  • To honor the relationship between the jurors, their courts, as well as their local communities; and
  • To join with the American Bar Association, our justice partners, and other courts in acknowledging and appreciating jurors.

Why participate in jury service?

You have the opportunity:

  • To serve your local community by ensuring access to justice for everyone, including yourself;
  • To fundamentally contribute to our American system of law and order;
  • To discover how empowering jury service can be, how treasured the connections you will make with others during the course of your service can be; and
  • To directly affect an individual’s life by weighing evidence, taking part in a trial, and rendering a verdict.

Did you know?

Statewide, Californians participate in jury service in the following ways:

  • Almost 9 million people are summoned to jury service in California every year;
  • More than 4 million prospective jurors are eligible and available to serve; and
  • Approximately 80 percent of prospective jurors who report to courthouse in person complete service in one day.

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A Message from the Chief Justice

Hon. Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of CaliforniaWhen I speak with jurors, they sometimes ask whether I have ever been called for jury service. The answer is yes, many times. I’ve been summoned for service and served as a juror while working as an attorney, as a trial court judge, as an appellate justice, and as Chief Justice of California. Even Chief Justices are called to serve, and we do.

Serving on a jury is more than a civic responsibility—it is an opportunity for us to participate directly in our system of justice and contribute to our communities. Jury service enables each and every one of us to provide access to justice for all. Trial by jury is one of the fundamental ideals of American democracy; serving as jurors reminds us that these ideals exist only as long as individual citizens are willing to uphold them.

Still, no matter how worthwhile, jury service makes demands on our time, and our courts continue to make improvements to jury service to make it as convenient and manageable as possible.

Whether this is your first time being summoned or you are an experienced juror, you may have questions about jury service; this web site answers some of the most commonly asked questions. Please check your summons for detailed instructions on service in your local court or visit your local court’s website.

If you are selected to serve, my hope is that you will find your service to be interesting and rewarding, as most jurors do.

Thank you for your service.

Respectfully,

Hon. Tani Cantil-Sakauye
Chief Justice of California

A Call to Service…

The Chief Justice responds to a jury summons

Newsroom Feature

Sacramento Bee

The Recorder

Thank you for your service!

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Serving on a jury is more than a civic responsibility. It is how each and every one of us provides access to justice for all.
— Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice 

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