BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The East Baton Rouge Office of the Public Defender invites the public to an open panel discussion about the importance of jury diversity on Saturday, Nov. 5.

This event will be held at Beacon Light Baptist Church, 7513 Prescott Road, and will feature Baton Rouge Public Defender Chief Lisa Parker, Honorable Judges William Jorden and Donald Johnson, and the founder of the Juror Project, William Snowden.

Diverse juries are important to ensure defendants and the public that the justice system is just and fair. All citizens have the right to a fair trial. Without juror diversity, those rights are only given to the majority. Having a diverse jury increases the chances that evidence will be evaluated from multiple perspectives.