The protection of our rights and liberties is largely achieved through the teamwork of a judge and jury who, working together in a common effort, put into practice the principles of our great heritage of freedom.
Why Do We Have a Jury System?
The Constitution of the United States guarantees each U.S. citizen a right to trial by jury in both criminal and civil matters.
It’s Your Duty and Honor
As a juror, you play an essential role in the American system of justice.
Jury service is an obligation and a privilege.
Serving as a juror is a fundamental obligation we all share as citizens of the United States.
The Judge determines the law to be applied in the case, while the jury decides the facts.
Thus, in a very important way, jurors become a part of the court itself.
You do not need any special skills or legal knowledge to be a juror.
You do need to keep an open mind and be willing to make decisions free of personal feelings and biases.