Jury pool reminded to take plunge

first_imgTrial Jurors Committee Chairwoman Judge Patricia Schnegg, who came up with the van idea, said people driving on the county’s freeways will start seeing them in the next few days. “We hope you look at these vans when you are in gridlock traffic and be reminded to do your jury duty,” she said. Van drivers, who earn about $40,000 a year, will also pass out brochures that explain the critical role jury serve. The brochures point out the responsibilities of the judge, judicial assistant, bailiff, court reporter and court services liaison, list court community outreach services – self-help centers, teen court and workshops – and include juror, caseload and trial statistics, along with court history. The billboard campaign cost $3,000, court spokesman Allan Parachini said. “We looked around at what resources we have to do this if we have no budget,” he said. “Well, we’ve got trucks. We have an in-house graphics and printing operation. You don’t get media relations and public relations value like that in this market for even 100 times that amount.” The courts, which employ 5,400 people and have an annual $850 million budget, are also sending people postcards to warn them that not responding or appearing when summoned could subject them to a fine of up to $1,500. [email protected] (213) 974-8985 Jury service To register for jury service or for more information, call (800) 778-5879 or go to www.lasuperiorcourt.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Building on the success of getting people to show up for jury duty by fining them when they don’t, Los Angeles County officials took their message on the road Monday, unveiling “rolling billboards” to market the juror experience. The 16 vans – which feature signs that read, “Pull up a Chair – Jury Service. You be the Judge” – already were making deliveries to courthouses countywide. “Yesterday, these humble delivery trucks were transporting mail and supplies to 50 court facilities, and today they emerge as `rolling billboards’ proclaiming the importance of jury service to motorists throughout the county,” Presiding Judge J. Stephen Czuleger said during a downtown news conference. The campaign is part of an effort launched in 2002, when only 36 percent of the 2.7 million people summoned to jury duty each year actually showed up. Now, after the court hit 3,278 no-shows with $1,500 fines and more than 29,000 with $250 fines, 62 percent of the summons are fulfilled. last_img

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