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In America, we are innocent until proven guilty. The Sixth Amendment states: in criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury.

I was selected and served as a juror five years ago. I did such a good job that I've gotten the call again for jury duty. It seems so soon since my last trip to the downtown court complex.

Unless selected for a jury, the day can be long and boring. The Superior Court, however, does a good job of communicating the importance of being a good juror, explaining how essential it is to the American justice system and promoting the values of a fair trial.

While waiting to be called into a specific jury pool, everyone gets a refresher on the American judicial system.

If I were on trial, I'd want the jurors to take it seriously.

With that said, I -- like many -- am guilty of "complaining about jury duty." There's no doubt it can be a hassle to one's schedule. The public's perception of jury duty ran amuck somewhere along the line. Maybe we should call it "civic service" instead.

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1 Comment

  1. Scott:

    Couldn’t agree more. But couldn’t the judicial system incorporate some of the great technology being developed here in America – and especially here in the Silicon Valley – to make the customer experience a little more palatable? Cheers, David

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