Juror Appreciation Week 2013 Begins Monday
April 29 - May 3 Marks Annual Event to Recognize Jurors' Important Contribution to the Courts
JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Missouri’s Juror Appreciation Week will be observed this year Monday, April 29 through Friday, May 3, 2013. During the week, judges, lawyers and court clerks let jurors know the importance of their contribution to the courts and to their communities.
According to court records, more than 88,000 Missourians reported for jury duty in state courts in 2012.
than 50 courthouses throughout the state will observe the week in different
ways. Many will display a Missouri Bar poster that thanks jurors for doing
their part. Judges also may take additional time to thank jurors and to
acknowledge the significance of their service.
Bar President Patrick B. Starke said the right to trial by a jury is one of the
fundamental guarantees included in the Bill of Rights. He noted Thomas
Jefferson’s quote on the importance of this right: "I consider trial by jury as the only
anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles
of its constitution."
year, thousands of Missourians will be called to report for jury duty,” Starke
said. “We understand that to serve means rearranging schedules, canceling
appointments, and often times missing work. This week is dedicated to recognizing
those sacrifices and thanking Missourians who report for jury duty because they
are doing their part to protect this core right which is as fundamental to our
country’s democracy as the right to vote.”
is one of only a few states that hold a statewide Juror Appreciation Week. The
observance began in 2000 by order of the Supreme Court of Missouri. The order
states, “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
learn more about Juror Appreciation Week, visit The Missouri Bar’s website on
the event at http://www.mobar.org/jurorappreciationweek/.
Missouri Bar is a statewide organization that is dedicated to improving the
legal profession, the law and the administration of justice for all Missourians.
Created in 1944 by order of the Supreme Court of Missouri, it serves all 30,000
of Missouri’s practicing attorneys. To achieve its mission, The Missouri Bar
provides a wide range of services and resources to its members, as well as
the media, educators and the citizens of Missouri. To learn more
about The Missouri Bar, visit www.mobar.org.