Officials: More people showing up for jury duty

Harris County District Clerk Chris Daniel explains how a public awareness campaign has helped increase the number of residents showing up to jury duty.

December 4, 2013 1:20:27 PM PST
A campaign to get more residents to show up for jury duty is proving to be successful, according to the Harris County District Clerk's Office.

The juror appearance rate is now around 60 percent, which is up by at least 4 percent in the last two years, and 9 percent higher than a decade ago. The Harris County District Clerk's Office attributes the increase to a public awareness campaign it launched to educate people about their duties as Harris County residents.

"My office has been steadfast and focused on trying to bring in more people to perform their civic, constitutional duty. We have relied on a positive public awareness campaign that has encouraged citizens to be civic-minded. We like the results so far," District Clerk Chris Daniel said in a prepared statement.

The district clerk's office says about 40 percent of those who receive notices are still blowing off jury service. According to Texas law, those residents could face a fine or even jail time.

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