Too many people are failing to serve on a jury when called. Unfortunately, many citizens have a negative attitude toward jury service, or lack understanding of the system and avoid jury duty. If more people don’t serve it is difficult to seat a jury of peers as called for by law and that reflects California’s diversity.
Why it Matters
Our justice system depends on the participation of citizen jurors. Serving on a jury ensures that all citizens receive a fair trial by a jury of their peers and is an important way that citizens can do their part to ensure our courts are used for justice not greed.
What You Can Do
CALA is working every day to educate the public about the importance of jury service and California’s jury system. Our state makes jury service as easy and convenient as possible. Under California’s “one day, one trial” system, if a juror is not seated on a trial, he or she spends only a single day at the courthouse and does not have to return for jury service for at least a year. If placed on a jury, one need only serve one trial, regardless of its length.
Do your part to make sure our legal system works for everyone. Serve on a jury when called. If you are an employer, encourage your employees to serve on a jury.