When Jury Duty Calls
People seem to respond to jury duty two ways. One, they're annoyed about it, or two, they're excited about the possible time off work. Very few people receive a call to jury duty and say out loud, "I'm excited to be a part of the law!" Of course, any reaction to jury duty is valid - it can be annoying having to go and wait inside a courtroom all day, especially when you might not even get picked! Still, it is important. Why is it so important? Well, think about it this way. If you get in trouble and have to appear in court with a jury, you'd rather have people like you, right? In some areas of the world, court cases are decided solely by the judge, who has sole power. In others, the people who decide often have the most money. Here in the United States though, you're entitled to a jury of your peers. It doesn't mean people who know you, or might have a personal connection with your case - that's more likely to get them eliminated, but it means people like you. Even though the people on the jury may be completely unknown to you, they're still your peers. When you get selected for jury duty, it may not feel that way - like I said, it's viewed as either annoying, or time off work. If people kept a more open mind about the process, and realized that their role could actually be fairly important if they allowed it to be, then maybe jury duty wouldn't have the bad reputation that it seems to do. Though many people may never serve in a famous trial, or even have the opportunity to sit as jury for a trial lasting longer than a few days, it could still happen. That's something unique to the American law system, and it's important to try and remember how important that is.