Thank you to all who take the time to serve on jury duty. You are contributing to our Democracy and keeping representative government alive.
John Adams (1774)
"Representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty."
Justice William Blackstone (1765)
"[Trial by jury is] a privilege of the highest and most beneficial nature [and] our most important guardian both of public and private liberty. The liberties of England cannot but subsist so long as this palladium remains sacred and inviolate, not only from all open attacks, . . . but also from all secret machinations, which may sap and undermine it."
ABA President Joseph Coate (1898)
"All attempts to tinker or tamper with trial by jury in civil causes should be discouraged as disastrous to the public welfare."
J. Kendall Few, In Defense of Trial by Jury (1992)
"Trial by jury must be preserved: not as a mere formality, stripped of its discretion by arbitrary and inflexible rules dictated by the captains of commerce and industry for the furtherance of their own selfish interest, but free to search out and find the truly essential justice of each individual case."
Sir John Fortescue, Chief Justice of the King's Bench (1468)
"Trial by jury is the most rational and effective method for discovering the truth."
Alexander Hamilton (1788)
"The friends and adversaries of the plan of the convention . . . concur . . . in the value they set upon the trial by jury; the former regard it as a valuable safeguard to liberty; the latter represent it as the very palladium of free government."
Charles S. May (1875)
"The jury system is the handmaid of freedom. It catches and takes on the spirit of liberty, and grows and expands with the progress of constitutional government. Rome, Sparta and Carthage fell because they did not know it, let not England and America fall because they threw it away."
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