West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse Kicks Off Annual Juror Appreciation Week

Charleston, W.Va. – In an effort to encourage and educate West Virginians about the importance of jury participation to our justice system, West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (WV CALA) kicked off its annual Juror Appreciation Week today. The weeklong public education effort will stress the importance of the jury system and serving when summonsed.

“When West Virginians serve on juries, they become an important part of the judicial process. Citizens who serve as jurors come away from the experience with a better understanding and higher regard for the justice system. That’s why WV CALA is proud to recognize Juror Appreciation Week,” said Roman Stauffer, Executive Director of WV CALA.

Jury service contributes to the American system of justice and is an important form of service to local communities. WV CALA will encourage small businesses and employers to educate employees on what resources are available to them if they receive a jury summons.

Stauffer concluded, “It’s our goal to improve the percentage of West Virginians who complete a jury service questionnaire and return it. Jury service is a duty of citizenship, similar to paying taxes and voting. Thank you to the thousands of citizens of West Virginia and the United States for making our country a symbol of justice. When given the opportunity to serve on a jury, I encourage you to answer the call.”

West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse is a nonprofit citizen watchdog group with 30,000 members interested in a broad range of civil justice issues.  For more information, visit http://www.WVCALA.org.