Legal experts want to hear from former jurors

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The number of civil jury trials are dwindling around the country and in Clark County, legal experts want to hear from former jurors about how to make the system work better.

Legal experts say there is a historic decline in the amount of federal and state civil jury trials and fewer jurors willing or able to serve.

So, if you have served on the state or federal levels, court officials want to hear from you about your experiences and how to make the system work better.

Some of the ideas judges mentioned include increased pay for jurors, ability to register online, even help with transportation.

But what’s most important is that the system works well for those involved in the legal system and jurors.

Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Timothy Williams, who has been involved in the civil jury project, says this is about a constitutional right and the process can’t function if citizens aren’t willing to participate.

“The service component is often overlooked when it comes to our citizens because everybody can’t be a first responder, a firefighter or a police officer. But there’s many ways to serve and everyone can serve on a jury,” Judge Williams said.

If you’ve recently served on a jury and would like to take part, there will be a panel Sept. 5 at noon in the jury assembly room at the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse.

Transportation and parking expenses will be reimbursed and you’ll also be provided lunch. What they really want to hear from you is how jury duty can be improved based on your first-hand experiences and how you think jury trials can be more efficient.

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