Courts schedule Juror Appreciation Week

By From page A3 | May 10, 2014

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.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • My2centsMay 10, 2014 - 7:01 am

    Without the wonderful citizens who serve on juries our system of justice and our democracy would crumble. I have served on a couple of juries and it was a wonderful insight to how criminal trials work. Thank you to all who serve. If you haven't served, do so. You'll find it very interesting and it will give you a better understanding of the court process.

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