FAIRFIELD — Dozens of local residents will be at the courthouse Monday morning, not of their own choosing, for the start of Juror Appreciation Week.
The residents, most of them being considered to serve on the jury for a murder trial expected to last a month, have already spent two days at the courthouse as part of the slow jury selection process.
Throughout the week, the Solano County Superior Court will partner with the Solano County Bar Association to provide refreshments for jurors and potential jurors.
The California Legislature in 1998 designated the second week in May as a time to acknowledge the contributions of citizens who devote their time and effort in “making the cherished right of trial by jury a reality.”
“Jury service is one of the hallmarks of our democracy. It can be inconvenient and frustrating, but also quite rewarding,” Presiding Judge E. Bradley Nelson said in a press release. “Our court gives its heartfelt thanks to every Solano County resident who responds to the jury summons and appears ready to serve as a trial juror.”
Approximately 23,000 jurors reported for jury service in 2013 in Solano County.
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