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Activities planned to thank jurors

Circuit courts throughout Wisconsin are celebrating the seventh annual statewide Juror Appreciation Month with a variety of activities at county courthouses throughout September. Here's a partial list:

jury appreciation logoIn Milwaukee County, court staff will be giving out items, such as "tech pouches," containing a stylus pen, ear bud headphones and screen-cleaning cloth. Other items to be distributed include pens, Post-it Notes, chip clips, water bottles, small bags of snacks. Banners showing appreciation for jurors will be hung inside and outdoors at the courthouse. Cake will be served to jurors on Sept. 2. Milwaukee County Circuit Court served as host to a few notable jurors during the last year, including Gov. Scott Walker and a television news anchor, among others.

In Dane County, judges will offer a special greeting each of the Mondays on which juries are selected, and the clerk of circuit court's office will offer momentos and treats in recognition of jurors. A banner thanking jurors also will be hung in the courthouse lobby.

In Rock County, the circuit court is partnering with the Rock County Bar Association to provide speakers to address and thank jurors. Jurors also will receive snacks to show appreciation for their service, and a banner will be hung at the entrance to the jury assembly room.

In Calumet County, the county board approved a resolution recognizing all jurors for their service. A large banner will be hung in the lobby of the west entrance of the courthouse, and a juror-appreciation poster will be hung in the jury room. Ice cream treats may also be provided.

In Manitowoc County, the county approved a proclamation, proclaiming September as "Juror Appreciation Month," and court staff are reaching out to the public through mailings and by providing a newspaper guest column. A public service announcement also will run on local radio stations, thanking jurors for their service. A large posterboard, acknowledging and thanking jurors, will be displayed at the courthouse. Jurors who serve in Manitowoc County anytime receive bookmarks, along with their thank you letter and check.

Let us know what your county is doing to celebrate Juror Appreciation month. Send a note to tom.sheehan@wicourts.gov.

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