MANSFIELD -- Richland County Common Pleas Court Judges Brent Robinson and Phil Naumoff released a letter of thanks on Friday to those jurors who served their courtroom duty amid the pandemic.
A Letter of Appreciation to those who served Richland County as Jurors
Jurors are imperative to our judicial system. Without jurors the system cannot work the way the authors of the Constitution intended. It is one of the most important duties of citizenship. It is also a rewarding experience which gives people the opportunity to participate directly in the administration of justice.
While it may require some adjustment to your normal schedule to serve as a juror, it gives people the opportunity to see our courts in action, to learn more about our system of justice and to participate in one of the fundamental rights and duties of your American heritage.
As you are aware, COVID-19 affected our families and communities in ways that we are still dealing with. For the judicial branch, that meant implementing technology to have the ability to hold events and hearings remotely, as well as implementing numerous procedures to protect public health and safety while maintaining access to justice.
During this unique and difficult time, jury service looked very different. Nevertheless, in 2020, 834 citizens appeared and served as jurors for 26 jury trials. Thus far in 2021, 611 citizens appeared and served as jurors for 11 jury trials.
There is simply no replacement for a jurors' role in our legal system and no better time to recognize the invaluable service our jurors provide.
In appreciation, the Richland County Court of Common Pleas is taking a moment to celebrate our jurors for their outstanding and important service; to recognize the sacrifices jurors make in order to fulfill their civic duty; to honor the relationship between the jurors, the courts and the trial participants, as well as to acknowledge and appreciate the citizens who serve as jurors for this community.
By participating as a juror you served your community by ensuring access to justice for everyone. You have also fundamentally contributed to our American system of law and order and you've directly influenced an individual's life by weighing evidence, taking part in a trial, and rendering a just and fair verdict.
Thank you for your confidence and trust in the ability of the Richland County Court of Common Pleas to protect your health and safety and for your willingness to serve Richland County as citizen jurors.
Judge Brent N. Robinson
Judge Phillip S. Naumoff