Even Virginia’s Top Law Enforcement Officer Shows Up For Jury Duty
On St. Patrick’s day this year, while many of us were planning an early escape from the office, Virginia’s top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Mark Herring, reported for jury duty in a Loudoun County courthouse. He wasn’t chosen, and was soon on his way back to Richmond, but he noted that he “takes pride in performing his civic duties.”
For many of us in the legal profession, jury duty is held as one of the most important functions a citizen can perform. Juries keep the legal system honest, tied to the common sensibilities of the citizenry. They provide a important check on the judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys who work within the system every day.
Most of the personal injury cases we handle settle out of court, but we prepare every case to go to trial, knowing that we may one day have to put the matter before an impartial group of fellow citizens. This makes us better lawyers for our clients, and it makes the insurance companies we negotiate with more careful in how they handle their business.
Burnett & Williams wants to tip our hat to Attorney General Mark Herring for serving the Commonwealth’s legal system at every level, and to the citizens who contribute conscientious jury service whenever they are called in the counties we serve all over the state: Amelia County, Chesterfield County, Clarke County, Dinwiddie County, Fairfax County, Frederick County, Fauqier County, Henrico County, Loudoun County, Powhatan County, Prince George County, Shenandoah County, and Warren County.