File #: 180610    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 6/7/2018 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 6/7/2018
Title: Commemorating Friday June 8, 2018 as Juror Appreciation Day in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Oh
Attachments: 1. Signature18061000.pdf
Commemorating Friday June 8, 2018 as Juror Appreciation Day in the City of Philadelphia.

WHEREAS, The right to a trial by jury is one of the core values of American citizenship; and

WHEREAS, The obligation and privilege to serve as a juror are as fundamental to our democracy as the right to vote; and

WHEREAS, The tradition of trial by jury began in America in 1623 via a codified law which stated that "all criminal facts, and also matters of trespass and debts... should be tried by the verdict of twelve honest men to be impanelled by authority in form of a jury upon their oath"; and

WHEREAS, Service by citizens as jurors is indispensable to the functioning of our courts, and our judicial system; and

WHEREAS, More citizens should be encouraged to respond when summoned for jury service; and

WHEREAS, A continuing and imperative goal for the courts, the bar, and civic organizations is to ensure that jury selection and jury service are fair, effective, and not unduly burdensome to our community; and

WHEREAS, The courts, the bar, civic associations, and individual citizens should have greater appreciation for the jury system and for the thousands of citizens who annually give of their time and talents to serve on juries; and

WHEREAS, The goals of Juror Appreciation Day are to applaud the efforts of jurors who fulfill this most important civic duty; educate the public about jury duty and the importance of jury service; ensure that the responsibility of jury service is shared fairly among citizens and that a fair cross section of the community is called for jury service; ensure that all jurors are treated with respect and that their service is not unduly burdensome; provide jurors with tools that will assist their decision-making; and continue to improve the jury system in the City of Philadelphia by encouraging productive dialogue between jurors and court; now, therefore, be it


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