Serve your country: Jury duty is essential to fairness in the justice system

There’s a common saying that only two things in life are certain: death and taxes. However, I think there’s one more certainty that we should add: jury duty. Though it’s essential to the preservation of our government, nobody likes it. It’s like going to the dentist — it’s something you’d do just about anything to get out of. However, I’m here to tell you that jury duty is essential to not only the legal system, but to the preservation of the laws that govern our country. Regardless of whether we like it, it’s something that we simply have to do.

Why is jury duty essential?

Jurors make up the foundation of the court system. Without them, everything would be in disarray. Who would debate the testimony? Who would decide who is guilty and who is innocent? If you can come up with someone other than the jurors, I’m all ears. They ensure that everyone receives a fair trial. Only a group of individuals who are impartial to the matters of the case can determine for sure who is guilty and who is innocent.

Why are so many jurors upset right now?

Despite the argument that jury duty is essential in our court system, many people are voicing displeasure. The reason is money. In a recovering economy, many people are strapped for cash. They can’t afford to lose a paycheck. Because of the recession, many people are living paycheck to paycheck.

Imagine you are living paycheck to paycheck. One day, you get a call to sit on a trial and help decide a case. Someone tells you that jury duty is essential to the court system and you have to do it. However, you know you’re going to miss out on a paycheck or two. How would that make you feel? How would you respond?

For those who are used to the process, you know that there is a stipend to sit on a case. Rates are as high as $40 in cities like Dallas, but they can be lower elsewhere. To many people, that’s simply not enough. However, jury duty is essential to the success of the current system. To read more about this issue, click here.

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