Some might think that I’m a bit weird that I think Jury duty is interesting, I recently served and became $52 richer. This is not my first time, actually third time, and second time for this county. My first time was in Queens County, in Jamaica courthouse, Jamaica, NY. I was only in my early 20s and we had to show up at the court house at 9 am and stayed till 5 pm for a week regardless of being picked for a case or not. The jury assembly room is huge; I think it’s over 300 jurors called at one time. This one is a lot smaller, there were only about 65 of us in the jury assembly room, and I only had to serve for 3 days, and then dismissed.
Some might ask why trial by jury. Why call men and women away from their affairs to help try lawsuits in Court? Why not have a judge, or several judges, to hear and decide all cases? As stated in the United States Supreme Court, speaking of trial by a jury said:
“Twelve men of the average of the community, comprising men of little education, men of learning and men whose learning consists only in what they have themselves seen and heard; the merchant, the mechanic, the farmer, the laborer; these sit together, consult, apply their separate experience of the affairs of life to the facts proven and draw a unanimous conclusion. This average judgment thus given it is the effort of the law to obtain. It is assumed that twelve men know more of the common affairs of life than does one man, that they can draw wiser and safer conclusions from admitted facts, thus occurring, than can a single judge.”
Of course, time has changed, the language in the United States Supreme Court needs to be revised to reflect the current state that we’re in, as the judge of this case that I was sitting in during the juror selection process is a woman, and the jurors are men and women.