In Louisiana and the rest of the United States, the parties in a legal matter
have the right to have important questions decided by a jury of impartial
citizens. This is not true in all countries in the world and it has not always
been true in the United States. The right to a Jury Trial is one of our most
significant right; it can be preserved for us only if our citizens are willing
to do their duty-to report for jury duty when they receive a subpoena to appear
and to serve on a jury if selected for a particular case.
The jurors are drawn randomly by computer from a master list which is compiled
by the Jury Commission. The list is called the General Venire. The Jury
Commission compiles the General Venire from sources such as voter registration.
When the Jury Commission makes the drawing for a particular jury, each person
has as much chance to be drawn for jury service as any other person. As a
result, some people are called frequently and some are never called.
Jury Service is one of the most important civic duties you can perform. Without
people like you to serve, our jury system would not work. Keep in mind that if
you had a matter requiring a jury, you would want someone who would be fair and
impartial to hear your case. If people fail to report for Jury Service the right
to a Jury Trial may not be there for you when needed.