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When Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau received the jury duty notice this month, rather than seeking to get an "excuse," he gladly showed up at the Fairfax Circuit Court in order to take part in this important civic service. Like voting earlier in the month, Landau has always regarded jury duty not as something to be avoided, but as one of the meaningful roles we have in American society. A "jury of one’s peers" means that you can have your dispute presented to a group of other citizens from your county to be decided in accordance with the law. And, in Northern Virginia, we have some of the fastest courts in the country. So, injured victims of other drivers’ unsafe decisions and action in Fairfax, Loudoun and Leesburg, can heave their cases decided quickly and fairly by a randomly selected jury. This is much preferable to an "eye for an eye" system or an injured person’s family and friends taking matters into their own hands.

While Landau was let go at the end of the day, he has reported to the Fairfax County Judicial Center every time he has been called for jury service, and hopes some day to be asked to listen to the evidence and join with other citizens to come to a unanimous verdict. While it is unlikely the injury and disability lawyer would be kept on a personal injury trial, or a criminal case because of his service with the Florida State Attorney’s office, he could be an impartial fact-finder in a divorce, contract, property or other legal dispute. Landau thanks and appreciates all citizens who serve on civil and criminal juries in our state and federal courts.

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