Judge says jurors are patriots
It's Juror Appreciation Week and judges, lawyers, and court clerks across Missouri takes place this week to show the important contributions jurors have made to the courts and to their communities.
Court records show that more than 88,000 Missourians reported for jury duty in 2012. Judge Steele tells KTVO jurors are patriots and continue to fulfill their civic duty.
"They are the foundation of our civil and criminal justice system," said Adair County Circuit Judge Russell Steele. "It involves the community members in the court system. I like to tell people when they come to serve on the jury service that this is the peoples court. It doesn't belong to the judges the lawyers, or even the parties it belongs to the people of the community."
Judge Steele says the jurors willingness to serve reinforces that they are part of the court system. Steele adds jurors are fact finders and their decisions are what the court system stands by.