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Jury Quotes to Help You Understand the Who, What, Why and More

These Jury quotes will give you more familiarity and understanding about a concept that many argue is a cornerstone of American democracy.

Why are juries so important?

When the U.S. was founded, its creators felt a trial by a jury of one’s peers was so important that they needed to include it in their Constitution, hence Amendments 6 and 7 in the Bill of Rights.

Jury duty is part of America’s system of “checks and balances” giving the judicial equal power to the executive and legislative branches of government. Ideally, jury service is the citizen’s chance to have a voice in the judicial branch.

This system was designed to stop tyranny (when one person or group exerts absolute power) by giving the power of the final verdict to the people in the jury room.

What do you think about jury duty? Have you ever been called to serve?

Don’t forget to also check out these justice quotes that illustrate the importance of Fairness

Jury Quotes By Judges

1. “The jury has the right to determine both the law and the facts.” –Samuel Chase, Supreme Court Justice 1804 signer of The Declaration of Independence.

2. “The jury has a right to judge both the law as well as the fact in controversy.” – Chief Justice John Jay, U.S. Supreme Court Georgia v Brailsford (3 Dallas 1, 1794)

3. “The jury has….”unreviewable and irreversible power…to acquit in disregard of the instructions on the law given by the trial judge.” –U.S. vs. DOUGHERTY (1972)

4. “The pages of history shine on instances of the jury’s exercise of its prerogative to disregard instructions of the judge.” – U.S. v. DOUGHERTY (1972)

5. “The jury has the power to bring a verdict in the teeth of both the law and the facts.”- Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Horning v. District of

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