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Los Angeles Is Bad At Jury Duty

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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.

Our local courts do their best to glamorize serving, plastering their waiting rooms with celebrities who deigned to do their civic duty. But not even Harrison Ford can lure us: