The Superior Court of San Joaquin County is celebrating Juror Appreciation Week, May 14 through 18, to recognize the service and participation of jurors from the local community. Recognition for jurors during the second week in May was established by a special resolution passed by the California Legislature in 1998 to acknowledge the important contributions of citizens who devote their time and effort in “making the cherished right of trial by jury a reality.”
On Tuesday, May 15, the county’s Board of Supervisors presented a proclamation to the Superior Court to honor the citizens of San Joaquin County who have served as jurors. Also, during Juror Appreciation Week jurors are greeted each morning by Judges or the Court Executive Officer who recognize the jurors for their vital role in the justice system.
Last summer, the San Joaquin Court moved into the new Stockton Courthouse. The new jury assembly room has improved seating, a larger space and an outdoor waiting area.
Annually, millions of Californians participate in jury service. Approximately nine million people are summoned to jury service, over four million prospective jurors are eligible and available to serve, and approximately 80 percent of prospective jurors who report to the courthouse in person complete service in one day.
For more information on jury service, contact Jacob Montez, Operations Manager, at 209-992-5391, see www.sjcourts.org/divisions/jury-service or visit the Jury Service section of the California Courts website, http://www.courts.ca.gov/juryservice.htm.