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    Wisconsin celebrated juror appreciation month in September

    In September, Gov. Jim Doyle issued a proclamation, and the Senate and Assembly approved citations, declaring September Juror Appreciation Month. The statewide celebration kicked off with a press conference at the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson, State Bar President Diane S. Diel, and then-Milwaukee County Circuit Court Chief Judge Kitty K. Brennan, and other local officials hosted the event. Press conferences also were held in Waukesha County and Dane County


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    Vol. 81, No. 10, October 2008

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    Wisconsin celebrated juror appreciation month in September

    In September, Gov. Jim Doyle issued a proclamation, and the Senate and Assembly approved citations, declaring September Juror Appreciation Month. The statewide celebration kicked off with a press conference at the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson, State Bar President Diane S. Diel, and then-Milwaukee County Circuit Court Chief Judge Kitty K. Brennan, and other local officials hosted the event. Press conferences also were held in Waukesha County and Dane County

    "The Wisconsin court system and the people of this state greatly appreciate the time and dedication of jurors," said Abrahamson. "Without jurors, our system of justice would not function properly. Employers and families of jurors also deserve tremendous thanks for supporting jurors.

    "The right to a jury trial is a fundamental component of the American and Wisconsin justice systems, and the willingness of Wisconsin residents to serve as jurors is critical to preserving this right," said Abrahamson, who has served on juries twice during her tenure on the supreme court.

    Diel noted that the right to trial by jury is a legacy of our Bill of Rights and one of the hallmarks of American justice. "Like other rights guaranteed by our Constitution, the promise of a jury of peers comes with responsibilities as well. Jury service takes citizens away from their jobs, their families, and their routines, potentially for up to weeks at a time, to serve the goal of justice for all. Those who serve are often asked to make difficult and complex decisions that directly impact the interests of both individual neighbors and their communities."

    During September many counties hosted press conferences and other activities to recognize and thank jurors. Several county boards passed local resolutions, and several circuit courts participated in a variety of activities thanking jurors and recognizing the critical role they play in our democracy and system of justice.

    During 2007, of the 60,000 people who reported to courthouses across Wisconsin, about 20,000 served during 2,429 trials.




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