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Los Angeles Is Bad At Jury Duty
The first rule of jury duty is to simply show up, and Los Angeles isn't so hot at that, according to a report that's coming out just in time for Juror Appreciation Week (a thing, apparently).
Nearly 30% of Los Angeles County residents ignored their jury summons in 2014. That's a lot! And we did worse than Orange County (17.79%), Fresno County (7.7.1%) and San Francisco (9.63%). But we did better than San Diego (30.89%) and Ventura County (45.66%!!!) at least. The report comes from California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, a tort reform group. It looked at the 15 most populous California counties that make up most of our population. Based on those counties, about 20.43% of Californians skipped out of jury service.
You probably know this, but Carmen Trutanich explained why it's so important that everyone serve in an op-ed today:
Because a jury consists of people with different backgrounds and experiences, a jury can arrive at a better verdict than one individual can. That is why jury service should be remembered, honored and truly cherished for its contribution to what makes the United States of America a fair, free country and unique place in the world. Active jury participation is a critical function in the overall civil justice system. It is essential to ensuring that our civil justice system works fairly for everyone.
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