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New campaign tries to increase jury duty turnout in Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Only 44 percent of those summoned for jury duty in Jefferson County last year showed up, but a new effort is hoping to reduce the number of people skipping out on jury duty.

Buses in Louisville are now giving people a reminder.

“The problem came to our attention when we first started seeing the amount of people that would respond to a jury summons really dropped,” said Marc Theriault, General Counsel with the Administrative Office of the Court.

Bus advertisements are being placed on popular routes throughout the Louisville area.

The state court system and the Louisville Bar Association are teaming up on the project. In addition to the buses, the effort includes a social media campaign and a series of videos. 

If you do not show up for jury duty, you may have to explain yourself in front of a judge.

"At that point, if there are no good reasons, it could be that that individual could face a fine or potentially jail time," Theriault said.

However, court officials say they do not have the staff or money to go after every person who does not show up.

“It's a very important aspect of being a citizen to some people. Like I myself would show up for jury duty if I ever got summoned, but I can understand that a lot of people just kind of view it as a waste of time," said Alex Martin, a Louisville resident.

The campaign also hopes to increase diversity on juries.

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