WASHINGTON — District of Columbia residents with jury duty will watch a new orientation video before starting their service, a video that includes clips from classic legal movies such as “A Time to Kill” and “12 Angry Men.”

The approximately 23-minute video called “We the People: A Call to Duty” replaces a power point presentation with a voice over. A court spokeswoman says the new video was shown to jurors for the first time Monday.

The film is narrated by Andrew Ferguson, a professor in Washington who studies juries and wrote the book “Why Jury Duty Matters.” The court’s Chief Judge, Lee Satterfield, opens the video.

The video explains the process of selecting jurors and includes information such as the fact that most trials at the courthouse last three to five days.

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