Jurors Learn About Public Service Through Inauguration
By Laura A. Simoldoni
As millions of Americans witnessed the inauguration of President Barack Obama on Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C. and nationwide, jurors and staff in Bergen Vicinage also observed the occasion.
Jurors were reminded of their importance to the judicial system and were thanked for their willingness to serve.
The importance of public service was echoed by President Obama in his inaugural address when he said, “What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility, a recognition on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, then giving our all to a difficult task.”
Jurors were also informed of the various volunteer programs that are available in the vicinage. A number of jurors said they found jury service rewarding and they enjoyed the opportunity to learn while participating in the jury process.