The history of the law is the history of our citizens' effort to settle controversies. Many systems have been tried. but the English-speaking people, for many years, have steadfastly believed that trial by jury is the most likely to accomplish Justice.
By serving on a jury, a person performs one of the most important obligations of American citizenship perhaps the most vital duty next to fighting in the defense of one's country.
No doubt many jurors suffer inconvenience because of their service. Some even make considerable sacrifice and perhaps undergo hardship. That contribution is necessary to maintain this institution of government. Therefore, persons called for jury duty should not ask to be excused except for the most urgent and compelling reasons. Nor should employers request that their employees he released except for some grave cause.
Jurors should realize the importance of the part they play in the search for justice. They should perform their duties conscientiously and fairly. Neither sentiment nor emotion should sway them.
Judges and lawyers are familiar with what goes on and the various terms used in a courtroom. To other people, courtroom procedure is often mystifying and the language strange. The purpose of this section of our website is to help you understand those things and tell you what is expected of a juror. It is hoped this information will make you better able to do your part in administering justice.
If you perform your duties as a juror conscientiously, you will derive lasting benefits. You will have learned something of how the judicial branch of your government works, and you will have taken a worthwhile part in seeing that justice was done. Moreover, you will enjoy the gratifying feeling that your faithfulness in the discharge of your duties as a juror has strengthened the faith of the people in our form of government.
While reading in this section of our website, you may find some words that will need an explanation. Definitions may be found on the "Glossary of Words and Phrases" page.