Gig Harbor Municipal Court Celebrates Juror Appreciation Week
Gig Harbor, Wash., May 4th, 2016 - Gig Harbor Municipal Court is sponsoring Juror Appreciation Week in an effort to recognize Gig Harbor residents who have completed jury duty and to highlight the honor and importance of serving on a jury. The objective of Juror Appreciation Week is to show past and prospective jurors that their contributions are greatly appreciated by the Court.
“We want every juror to feel appreciated and to know how much we value their time and commitment to our system of justice,” Judge Michael Dunn said.
Jury service is a vital aspect of our government. When you serve as juror, you not only serve your country, but you serve as an integral part of the justice system. The sixth Amendment says, “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury...” Did you know that 95 percent of the world’s jury trials are held here in America? Juries are one of the ways American society guarantees the rights of citizens on trial. It may not be perfect, but it’s the best the world has to offer... unless you don’t answer your jury summons. Your right to a jury trial is like so many other American rights—it comes with responsibility. We all hope we’ll never need a jury of our peers, but somebody needs one every single day. We owe it to our fellow Americans to answer that call. The American justice system is the envy of the world… but it only works when we do our part. Gig Harbor Municipal Court applauds the efforts and sacrifices of jurors that have fulfilled their civic duty. We also extend our thanks and appreciation to all employers who support the jury systems by paying their employees for jury service.
For additional information about Gig Harbor Municipal Court contact Stacy Colberg, Court Administrator at (253) 853-7619.