Juror Appreciation Week 2014 Begins Monday

April 28 – May 2 Marks Annual Event to Recognize Jurors’ Important Contribution to the Courts

April 23, 2014

juror appreciation week press releaseJEFFERSON CITY, MO – Missouri’s Juror Appreciation Week will be observed this year Monday, April 28 through Friday, May 2, 2014. During the week, judges, lawyers and court clerks will emphasize to jurors how important their contributions are to the courts, their communities and our judicial system. According to court records, more than 58,000 Missourians reported for jury duty in state courts in 2013.

Missouri Bar President Jack Brady said the right to trial by a jury is one of the fundamental guarantees included in the Bill of Rights.

“We appreciate the thousands of Missourians who serve their duty as a juror each year,” Brady said. “Jury duty can be inconvenient to our daily lives, but the right to a jury trial is fundamental to upholding our constitution and democracy. We dedicate this week to recognizing and thanking Missourians who do their part and report for jury duty.”

More 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.

One of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, considered a “trial by jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution."

Missouri 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 Appreciation Week…”

To learn more about Juror Appreciation Week, visit The Missouri Bar’s website on the event at http://www.mobar.org/jurorappreciationweek/.

The 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.

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Organization and Purpose: The Missouri Bar is the statewide organization that all Missouri lawyers must belong to if they practice law. The Missouri Bar was created in 1944 by order of the Supreme Court of Missouri. It is considered an instrumentality of the state, not a private association nor a state agency. Its mission is to improve the legal profession, the administration of justice, and law on behalf of the public.

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