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BOSTON (AP) – Citizens reporting for jury service in Massachusetts will soon be shown a new orientation video that includes commentary by actual jurors.

The 18-minute video is the state’s first new juror orientation video in almost 25 years. It will be shown for the first time to potential jurors on Tuesday.

The video includes an introduction by Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick Ireland, scenes filmed from courts around the state and commentary by judges and actual jurors.

New jurors will learn historical facts about the trial by jury system and information about typical courtroom events they may encounter.

Last year, nearly 246,000 jurors appeared in courthouses around the state for service.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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