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Recognizing the Service of Jurors

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – The state court system will recognize the people who serve on juries this week. A special ceremony will be held for jurors reporting for duty Monday morning.

The arrival in the mail of a jury duty notice is greeted with nearly universal dread -- work schedules need to be re-arranged, childcare arrangements made. But this week, the judicial community is sending a message about just how important jury service is.

Jury reforms have been enacted in recent years, eliminating all occupational exemptions from service and expanding the various source lists from which prospective jurors are chosen. Most importantly, for jurors, the daily jury fee is now $40-per-day.

Commissioner of jurors Mehrl King says jury service is not only a responsibility but an opportunity for people "to participate in the nation's justice system."

Administrative Judge Vincent Doyle calls it "a privilege," something to keep in mind the next time that jury duty notice arrives in the mail.