EDITOR: In 2012, a total of 4,967 jurors were summonsed for jury duty in Marathon County. In 2013 to date, 3,237 jurors have been summonsed to serve in the county.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has designated September as Juror Appreciation Month. The purpose of Juror Appreciation Month is to let past, current and prospective jurors know how greatly appreciated their contributions are. We want every juror to know how grateful we are for their service and how much we value their time and commitment to our system of justice.
Jury duty, along with voting, is one of the primary means by which citizens participate in our government. Jurors who serve on jury trials consistently tell us that while they were originally reluctant to carry out the responsibility, in the end they were happy and proud they did so. They tell us that jury experience serves as a great education about how the legal system works and how citizens play an absolutely essential role in it.
Jurors learn that it is not only judges, lawyers, and members of government that make the important decisions in the system. In fact, arguably the most important determinations are made by citizens who carry out the great burden of reaching just, fair, and conscientious decisions in the cases they are chosen to sit on. We trust our citizens to render just and true verdicts. That is why we have the best legal system in the world.
Accordingly, the Marathon County judges and the Clerk of Circuit Court thank all Marathon County jurors - past, present and future - for their commitment to our system of justice.
Judge Jill Falstad; Marathon County Circuit Court, Branch 1
Judge Greg Huber, Branch 2
Judge Lamont Jacobson, Branch 3
Judge Greg Grau, Branch 4
Judge Michael Morgan, Branch 5
Diane Sennholz, Clerk of Marathon County Circuit Court,