Juror Appreciation Week

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Juror Appreciation Week, May 9-13, 2022

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.

“Serving as a juror is a fundamental obligation we all share as citizens, and being a juror is just as important as voting,” said Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye. “The courthouse is where our citizens experience the judicial system first-hand. Our judicial system works because of the commitment and service by our community.”

However, over the past two years the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in radical changes to our way of life. It has affected our families and communities in profound ways that we are still reckoning with, from classrooms to courthouses. For the judicial branch, that has meant leveraging technology to provide more services remotely and virtually, as well as implementing numerous procedures to protect public health and safety while maintaining access to justice. You can learn more from one of 2020’s featured stories.

During this unique time, jury service may look very different from how you imagined. It may appear strange to celebrate jurors amidst the challenges we are experiencing in maintaining access to justice. However, we think there is no better time to recognize the invaluable service our jurors provide. There is simply no replacement for their role in our legal system. As we continue to navigate the pandemic, there will always be a need for jurors and, through their service, the ability to resolve our disputes in a court of law.

Juror Orientation Videos
Justice For All: Jury Service features judges, academics, and former jurors explaining what to expect when called to jury service, including the jury selection process, the trial, and jury deliberations. In addition, an accompanying vignette entitled, A More Perfect Jury: A History of Jury Service, explores the history of jury service from its beginnings in English common law, into the Civil Rights and Women’s Suffrage movements, as well as new changes to California juries created by recent legislation.

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:

  • Approximately 9 million people are summoned each year;
  • More than 4 million people complete jury service, either in person, on call, or standby;
  • Nearly 100,000 are sworn in as trial jurors; and
  • Most prospective jurors (around 80%) complete their service in one day.

Public Resources

  • To learn more about jury service, please read our Jury Handbook.
  • To get information and instructions for responding to your juror summons, check out our Court and Community pamphlet.
  • For more information about how juries reach a verdict, take a look at our reference Guide to Jury Deliberations.
  • If you are currently serving or recently served as a juror and are having difficulty adjusting, you may want to review our Jury Service Stress guide.
  • Employers and employees should read through our Better for Business pamphlet on how investing in jury service pays dividends for all of us.
  • As technology continues to take an integral place in our daily life, our resource on Navigating Social Media and the Internet for Jurors can help ensure everyone is using it appropriately while completing their jury service.
  • To get local your court’s web address and other contact information, please use the Find My Court option
  • To get jury information from your court, use our website’s local jury information tool. Each court is responsible for the content on their website.
  • Don’t forget to check out all our resources for the public, attorneys, court staff, and even judges on our website at the Jury Service page!

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