"The (legal) system doesn't work without citizens being willing to sit in a courtroom and serve as jurors," said Judge Douglas Miller, presiding judge of Riverside County Superior Court.
, who is among the judges who listens to the excuses of those brought in, says judges have a number of options ---- including jail time ---- to enforce the legal requirement of jury service.
said, the judge will impose a fine of between ,250 and ,1,000 and order the person to appear for jury service.The fine is "stayed," meaning it will not be imposed if the person serves as ordered.
"If they don't appear after that, they'll have to pay (the fine)," Miller
said sending out a deputy and possible sanctions is "a last resort."
Judges understand the hardship jury service can bring to someone's life, Miller
said."But that has to be balanced with the civic responsibility," he
"They are part of a system of democracy which includes a person's right to a jury of their peers, not the government," Miller