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September 20, 2017

9/12/2017 7:29:00 AM
Jurors serve justice - justice serves us all

To the Editor: 

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has designated September as Juror Appreciation Month.

Thomas Jefferson once said, "Trial by jury is the only anchor ever yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution."

The right to a jury trial is a fundamental component of the American and Wisconsin justice systems. It is also the duty of those citizens who live in Wisconsin to help the courts in preserving this right.

Each circuit court works to ensure that the jury system meets the needs of modern courts. Clerks monitor the administrative procedures used to create a jury list and summon individual jurors for a trial to make sure the process is fair and efficient and that jurors are made as welcome and comfortable as possible. Judges monitor the trial process to ensure that jurors are treated with respect, that their time is used wisely, and that they are provided with the clear description of applicable law. Trial attorneys strive to present with clarity the issues and evidence of each case so that jurors have the information they need to be confident of their decisions. Much preparation and involvement by many individuals is required to support the jury trial process. None is more important to the success of the endeavor than the work of the jurors themselves.

Whether you serve in September, or at any other time, the courts appreciate the work of jurors year-round and this is the legal system's chance to call attention to the contribution of every prospective and sworn juror and to say 'thank you'.

The judicial system cannot work without willing jurors, supportive family and employers.

On behalf of myself - Clerk of Circuit Court Brenda Behrle, Honorable Patrick F. O'Melia and Honorable Michael H. Bloom we extend our sincere gratitude to all Oneida County jurors for their service.

Brenda Behrle

Clerk of Circuit Court

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