Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
During 25 years in the military, the only jury duty I ever had was under military law. I did delay my jury duty for Federal Court this summer. The following month, I called in on Saturday and was told my week of jury duty would not be needed.
I'm tired of being retired and am taking paralegal classes now. The classes are doing NOTHING for my respect of the legal system. Just last night, the teacher admitted the law firm she works at won't touch a lawsuit for under $1,000,000 because there isn't enough profit in it for them. I am repeatedly seeing cases where a government agency or business is being brought in on the remotest of reasons, not because they did anything significant, but because they have money that can be taken. I've also read too many cases where, after 3-4 years of trial, the case against the defendant was dismissed for having no legal basis - yet the defendant has spent 4 years and possible $100K fighting a charge that eventually is rejected in summary judgment. And the defendant is out the money & time, and the legal system says, "So what? At least the plaintiff had their day in court!"
All that said, I'd hate to live in a place where judges (who come from lawyers) decided all the cases! And if we need juries, then we need jury duty - and need decent, reasonable, thinking people to serve on them.
"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."