In Texas, the first days of May are celebrated as Jury Appreciation Week, a time to honor the service of those who give of their time to participate in the American judicial system.

Created by the 84th Texas Legislature, the inaugural week kicked off last year.

For this year’s festivities, the State Bar of Texas Jury Service Committee developed a guide to assist people who interact with prospective jurors and those who serve on juries in learning more about Jury Appreciation Week. The goal is to stimulate conversations and ideas about how to improve the public’s perception of jury service.

Explore the guide on the committee’s website, check back on the blog all week for content celebrating juries, and show your appreciation by posting on social media about why jury service is important using the hashtag #ThankAJuror.