Chief Justice Mark Martin has proclaimed the month of July as Juror Appreciation Month in the state of North Carolina. In a ceremonial proclamation signed by Chief Justice Martin, Juror Appreciation Month recognizes the importance of jury service to the community.
Jurors are a fundamental part of the American judicial system. Were it not for the thousands of North Carolinians who perform this important civic duty throughout our great state each month, the Judicial Branch could not complete its important mission of administering justice for all.
The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article I, Section 24 of the N.C. Constitution give a person charged with a crime the right to a trial by a jury. Most North Carolina citizens usually come into contact with the Judicial Branch through jury service. Juror Appreciation Month is an opportunity to educate the public and to help raise awareness of the importance of jury service, while extending a small token of thanks to the many citizens who devote their time to the Judicial Branch and our system of justice.
This is the second annual statewide Juror Appreciation Month in North Carolina during which courthouses all over the state will celebrate. Participation in Juror Appreciation Week is voluntary, and some judicial districts will host their own events in support of the Chief Justice’s proclamation.