Supreme Judicial Court Previews New Juror Orientation Video
The Supreme Judicial Court today will unveil the first new juror orientation video in close to 25 years at the John Adams Courthouse in the historic Holmes Courtroom. Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland invited court colleagues and partners to preview the video before it is introduced to jury pools statewide on July 5th. The preview event also recognizes the support of Suffolk University which collaborated with the Office of Jury Commissioner to produce the video.
The program will include remarks by Chief Justice Ireland, Suffolk University Acting President Barry Brown, Superior Court Judge Robert C. Rufo, who chairs the Jury Management Advisory Committee, and Jury Commissioner Pamela J. Wood.
The 18-minute orientation includes an introduction by Chief Justice Ireland, as well as scenes filmed from many courts around the Commonwealth, and commentary by judges and actual jurors. Jurors will learn historical facts about the trial by jury system and information about typical courtroom events they may encounter, if called upon to serve.
"Jurors represent a most fundamental and essential element of our legal system," said Chief Justice Ireland. "The orientation video is a critical tool to welcome, educate and thank jurors for their service. We would not have been able to produce this long-overdue revision of the video without the support of Suffolk University."
Suffolk University is pleased to have partnered in the creation of this video, which provides important information on the vital role jurors play in the American system of justice," said President Brown. "We have a proud tradition of collaborating with the Supreme Judicial Court, including by making oral arguments before the court accessible to the general public and the legal community through webcasts."
Citizens reporting for jury service on July 5th will be the first jurors to view the new orientation video. Statewide rollout of the new video follows the nation's July 4th celebration of the Declaration of Independence, a document motivated by colonists' determination to govern themselves and obtain rights, including the right to trial by jury. The video being replaced was introduced about 25 years ago after Massachusetts was the first state to adopt the 'One Day or One Trial' system statewide.
Last year, close to 246,000 jurors appeared in courthouses across the state for service. The new orientation video will be available for viewing next month on the website of the Office of Jury Commissioner at mms://media2.law.suffolk.edu/OnDemand/Jury_Service_Right_Responsibility.wmv