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Juror Appreciation Week

The Smith County Commissioners Court approved a resolution proclaiming May 2-6, 2016, as “Juror Appreciation Week” in Smith County.

Commissioner Jeff Warr read the resolution Monday to the hundreds of Smith County residents who showed up for jury duty at the Smith County Courthouse. He read it again during Commissioners Court on Tuesday.

Smith County Juror Coordinator Lisa Bennett said 17,200 people appeared for jury duty when called last year in Smith County.

Warr said along with voting, serving on a jury is one of our fundamental rights as Americans.

Smith County Judge Joel Baker said it is a privilege and a duty to be called and to report for jury duty. He said about 700 jury summons are sent out to get 200 to 250 people to show up at the courthouse. “There’s a great cost associated with that,” he said.

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