2017-05-19 / Front Page

Inaugural jury appreciation event scheduled in district courtroom

A free jury appreciation breakfast is scheduled Monday from 8-9 a.m. in the district courtroom on the second floor of the county courthouse.

Donuts, coffee and water -- donated by attorneys who take court appointments in the 27th District Court -- will be served to thank past, current and prospective jurors.

County elected officials have been invited to the meet-and-greet program, which District Clerk Cody Reed said is a first-time event for Lampasas County.

The district clerk's office at 409 S. Pecan St. will be closed Monday from 8-9 a.m. so the office staff can attend the jury appreciation gathering.

Reed said jury duty is very important, as the right to a trial by jury is guaranteed by the United States Constitution.

"We want every juror to know how grateful we are for his or her service, and how much we value the time and commitment they show to our system of justice," Reed wrote in a letter announcing the jury appreciation event.

"Jurors learn that it is not only judges, lawyers and members of government who make the important decisions in the system," the district clerk added. "In fact, arguably the most important determinations are made by citizens who carry out the great burden of reaching just, fair and conscientious decisions in the cases they are chosen to sit on."

Reed said the district clerk's office sends 225 jury notices per month -- and as many as 350 when trials are set on firstdegree felony charges. On average, 90-100 people show up for jury duty, he said.

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