People who are on jury duty should not be required to attend any trials.
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http://dish.andrewsullivan.com...) Sometimes, spending time doing jury duty during the day means sacrificing income that an affected individual could have earned by working instead of serving on a jury.
I therefore propose that the courts allow juries to watch the trial, or a recording of it, at their own convenience, with a firm deadline for the start of jury deliberations. Additionally, each member of the jury should be required to justify his or her verdict using verifiable and relevant facts.
Case 1: First off, jury duty is not as big of a deal as you make it seem. In Philadelphia many steps have been taken to ensure that jury duty goes as smoothly as possible. They will pay you $9.00 in compensation every day for your service for the first 3 days, after that they will provide $25.00 for your service. Your first argument to this will be that " $25.00 a day, is not an income." Yes, I agree... and so does the state of Philadelphia. Their website says this, " If [the hardship is] medical and/or physical, it would be lost of job wages, childcare issues and care giver for an ill parent(s). If any of the above is present, some form of verification must accompany the questionnaire. Additional questions may be directed to a Jury Selection Representative."
Case 2: Second of all, I believe that there are certain things that citizens need to do to help maintain their government, jury duty is one of them.
Case 3: While I do believe that your argument that visual media could be used for the jurors is somewhat relevant, but there are those who would speak against you, energy tends to run high in a courtroom, and while this can hinder some jurors abilities, it makes others actually pay attention. Whereas, in video a juror could be tempted to only watch enough to answer the questions presented for validity and not enough to make a educated decision in a case. In other words, the energy in the courtroom keeps us paying attention.
The Website Con cited in his argument does not mention any compensation for business owners, besides the compensation that all who are eligible receive. Since business owners do not have a fixed income, I cannot ascertain how much compensation a business owner who is required to serve on a jury would receive.
I agree that jury duty is a civic duty. However, Con has failed to mention why that fact is relevant to this debate.
If that is the case, then the courts should force each juror to watch the trial he is to watch live, either in the courtroom or in a video conferencing session.
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