Murals to be painted in Philadelphia jury assembly room

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 A projection on the wall shows one of the murals that will be painted in the Civil Jury Room at Philadelphia City Hall. (Tom MacDonald, WHYY)

A projection on the wall shows one of the murals that will be painted in the Civil Jury Room at Philadelphia City Hall. (Tom MacDonald, WHYY)

A place that many do their best to avoid will have some new art by this fall. 

Philadelphia is sprucing up the Civil Jury Room at City Hall with a series of murals.  

The goal is to make it a bit more pleasant place to wait, said Judge Jacqueline Allen, administrative judge of Common Pleas Court.

“This is all a part of a global attempt to draw attention to the fact that jury service is an honorable obligation of every citizen of Philadelphia,” she said.

Nathaniel Lee of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program will be painting an area that takes jurors to a courtroom.

“On the left, we have a scene depicting all of Philadelphia’s people ready to serve,” Lee said. “In the middle, we have a panel representing laws and justice, and, on the right, we show those jurors in action deliberating in a court case.”

The artwork should be ready by October.

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