Ultimately, our entire system of justice comes down to one person: you, the juror.
Taking the time to serve as a juror, to listen to all the evidence and to decide honestly and fairly, is perhaps the most important duty you, as a private citizen, can perform.
And the decisions you make will never, ever be routine.
You could be asked to decide the fate of someone accused of murder, or to settle a multi-million dollar lawsuit. You could be asked to decide what does or does not amount to negligence in a complicated civil suit, or to recommend the appropriate punishment in a capital crime.
In 1997, 26,900 citizens were called as jurors in Seminole County; more than 6,024 served. Together, they tried 333 cases. Most - nearly seven out of every ten - were criminal.
I realize that your time is valuable, and that taking the time to serve as a juror might seem awkward or inconvenient. But it is time well spent. The judges, court personnel, my staff and I are committed to doing everything we can to make your time here in the courthouse as positive and productive as possible.