There’s a lot of news regarding Jury Duty in DC.
The latest news on Jury Duty in DC:
The DC Superior Court released a new juror orientation video this March which talks about the key role that jurors play in our justice system and how important it is that all those who are summoned serve jury duty. The video makes clear that while residents may initially feel like they don’t have time or that jury duty is a burden, ultimately it is an important aspect of our democracy. Participation in jury service is a way in which we all can participate in keeping our community safe, and holding one another accountable for our actions as fellow citizens. To bring the importance of our participation even closer to home, imagine if we, or one of our loved ones, was charged with a crime. Who would we want making the decision about guilt or innocence? No doubt, we would want a jury of dedicated, engaged, and conscientious members of our community who would carefully consider all of the evidence presented and render a just verdict. That is what jury duty is all about; and what makes our democracy a magnificent process worthy of protecting and participating in. To see the 20 minute video, click here.
The National Law Journal recently published an article entitled “ DC Makes Jurors Feel Appreciated” which found that DC Superior Court’s 80% juror utilization rate – the percentage of jurors that are sent to at least one courtroom to be considered for a jury – far exceeds the national average of 58% in comparable large cities. This means that DC Superior Court is taking more care to summon closer to the number of jurors needed, reducing the number of jurors who need to be summoned. In turn that means that residents will ultimately not have to be summoned so frequently. The article talked about all the steps that the DC Superior Court has taken in an effort to increase juror utilization, and to ensure that the court makes all reasonable efforts in summoning only the number of people it needs for trials. To read the entire article, click here.