Jury Duty

"I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution."

Thomas Jefferson, Declaration Of Independence

Jurors play a vital role in the American system of justice. The protection of our rights and liberties is largely achieved through the teamwork of judge and jury who, working together in common effort, put into practice the principles of freedom. The judge determines the law to be applied in the case while the jury decides the facts. Like the privilege of voting, jury duty is one significant way we can take part in the democratic process. We rely on jurors for the protection of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.