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For Immediate release: April 29, 2005
For further information contact:
Winnie Comfort
Tammy Kendig
609-292-9580

Monday is Law Day

On Monday, May 2, courthouses around New Jersey-and around the country-will host a wide variety of activities to celebrate this year's Law Day theme, "We the People: The American Jury in Action."

Videotaped remarks by Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz marking the occasion of Law Day can be viewed beginning Monday May 2 on njcourtsonline.com, and will be archived on the site for the entire month.

The United States Constitution guarantees a trial by jury of one's peers, and nearly 1 million of our nation's citizens serve on juries each year. Their work has an immeasurable impact on our society. In addition to voting, jury service constitutes a primary civic contribution that helps ensure fair and just outcomes in civil and criminal trials.

"As we celebrate the importance of our American legal system on Law Day, it is entirely appropriate that we also stop to appreciate the unique and valuable contribution that American juries are making to that system every day," said Chief Justice Poritz.

Law Day is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law and the role that our legal system plays in supporting our democratic society. First established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, Law Day often becomes "Law Week" and even "Law Month" in some locations. Additional information about Law Day events being held around the state can be found on the Judiciary Web site at njcourtsonline.com.

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