Thursday, March 30, 2006
An interesting piece about potential reforms in jury service. The lede:
Imagine showing up for a college course and being told you can't take notes or ask questions. The course will be taught by several professors, and what they say may or may not be on the final exam. If you know anything about the subject matter, you'll be dismissed.
Oh, and no discussing the lectures with any of your classmates until the end of the course.
That's what serving on a jury is like in many courtrooms, legal scholars say. But jurisdictions around the country are taking measures to change one of the pillars of American democracy, including letting jurors ask questions and telling them ahead of time what points of law to focus on.