CHICAGO, IL – Most people aren’t thrilled to be notified that they’re being summoned to jury duty. Many people will do everything in their power to avoid jury duty; however, this is something you should be proud to do. The role of the jury is to provide an unbiased view or resolution to evidence that’s presented in a case in a court of law. Below are five reasons why a jury summons is actually good to receive:
The American jury trial is a constitutional right. The Founding Fathers of the United States believed in the right to be tried by a jury of your peers, outlined by Amendments 6 and 7 of the Bill of Rights:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witness against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
You’re making a difference
While you’re on trial as a jury member, your job is to ensure a fair verdict is reached. This means each person must be treated equally under the law, regardless of their social status or wealth. If you listen to the evidence of the case, take in the information, and follow the directions of the court, you’ll have a fantastic chance to make sure that justice is served.
Not everyone gets a chance
Not just anyone can serve on a jury. Depending on what state you live in, those who have committed felonies are not able to serve on a jury. Many hardworking members of society never get the chance to sit on a jury. You should be proud to be summoned since many don’t have the opportunity.
Promoting civic responsibility
Voting and jury duty helps the United States branches of government; however, half of the people don’t do that. Jury duty is the only duty the government asks for, and it’s a chance to help your country and do your part to make sure that the legal system keeps moving. While it may require adjustments to your normal schedule and routine, the inconvenience is minimal.
When citizens are actively involved in the justice system, it helps create a sense of ownership and responsibility which helps build a stronger community and promote civic engagement.
It’s a one-of-a-kind experience
No two trials will be the same. The verdict that’s passed down by juries plays a pivotal role in how future cases will play out. You’re quite literally making history! This is a one-of-a-kind way to put your stamp on history permanently.
It’s also essential to foster community engagement. With various groups of people from differing backgrounds and walks of life, this is achieved. When citizens come together and participate in the legal system, it helps promote an understanding and communication between different people resulting in a more cohesive society.