Reconsider Getting Out of Jury Duty
Many Americans think of jury duty as something to be avoided at all costs. A Google search of "how to get out of jury duty" yields thousands of results and many suggestions on achieving that goal. The trial lawyers at Ross Law Group encourage you to look at jury duty in a different light.
Most people don't consider is that the court system is one of our three branches of government. Serving as a juror is your chance to be a hands-on member of our government and to make a decision that directly affects the safety and standards of your community. Most of us never get to cast a vote as a legislator or serve in public office as a Governor or President, but almost all of us have the opportunity at one time or another to be a juror.
Juries are often called "the conscience of the community." Through their verdicts, they speak for all of us in convicting the guilty, acquitting the innocent, and meting out penalties for violations of criminal and civil laws. We trust juries to make these decisions, and jurors overwhelmingly take their obligation to enforce the law very seriously.
It isn't easy to be a juror. You have to set aside your preconceived ideas and listen to the evidence with an open mind. Jurors are the sole judges of the facts, including the credibility of witnesses. Sometimes the evidence is highly technical, sometimes it is fascinating, sometimes it may be boring. Jurors listen, evaluate, apply the law and reach verdicts every day. It is an extraordinary process that is critical to our justice system.
The next time you get a notice for jury duty, we hope you will think of it as something other than an inconvenience or uncomfortable responsibility that you want to avoid. It is the opportunity to speak for your community, set the standards of behavior that we live by, compensate someone for their loss, or maybe even set an innocent person free. Without you and people like you, our system of justice can't work.
Daniel B. Ross is a civil trial lawyer who respects and relies on juries when other attempts at dispute resolution have failed. He has brought together an exceptional team of lawyers, investigators, and paralegals who are dedicated to helping Texans get justice. We assist people who have been injured due to negligence, who aren't being paid overtime as required by law, and in a variety of employment law, business disputes, and other civil matters. If you need legal help, call Ross Law Group today at 512-474-7677 for a consultation.