Jury Duty

March 12, 2008


In America, we are innocent until proven guilty.  The Sixth Amendment states:  in criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury

I was selected and served as a juror five years ago.  I did such a good job that I’ve gotten the call again for jury duty.  It seems so soon since my last trip to the downtown court complex. 

Unless selected for a jury, the day can be long and boring.  The Superior Court, however, does a good job of communicating the importance of being a good juror, explaining how essential it is to the American justice system and promoting the values of a fair trial.

While waiting to be called into a specific jury pool, everyone gets a refresher on the American judicial system.

If I were on trial, I’d want the jurors to take it seriously.

With that said, I — like many — am guilty of “complaining about jury duty.”   There’s no doubt it can be a hassle to one’s schedule.  The public’s perception of jury duty ran amuck somewhere along the line.  Maybe we should call it “civic service” instead.


One Response to “Jury Duty”

  1. David Landis Says:


    Couldn’t agree more. But couldn’t the judicial system incorporate some of the great technology being developed here in America – and especially here in the Silicon Valley – to make the customer experience a little more palatable? Cheers, David

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