Much of the Western world depends on a system of a jury of peers to decide the fate of litigants. Given this key role which juries play in dispensing justice, it’s amazing how little most people, and even trial lawyers, know about what really goes on in jury rooms. The jury is for all intents and purposes a black box.
This is why you may want to check out JuryExperiences.org. This is a website devoted exclusively to discussing and sharing experiences about “what really happens on juries”. If you have a jury experience to share, post about it in their forum. The news section also has lots of interesting jury-related stories.
While you’re at it, be sure to watch “Twelve Angry Men” . This is perhaps THE film about jury room drama. We should all be so lucky as to have Peter Fonda on our jury.
And finally, believe it or not, YouTube.com is also a rich, if unlikely, source of interesting jury room stories. I’ve spent hours watching people’s videos about their jury duty experiences. It’s a great way to really get into the jurors’ minds, so to speak. Unfortunately, many of the videos are rants directed at the hassle and inconvenience of jury duty. It’s unfortunate that people don’t appreciate our system of justice that permits ordinary citizens to administer justice.