You’re called for jury duty. Your first thought? If you’re like many people, you’re trying to figure a way to get out of it.
In a word: Don’t.
One of the most important elements of what makes America truly great is that ours is the only country where someone injured due to someone else’s carelessness can have their case decided by a jury of their peers.
Think about that: 12 people from different backgrounds hear the evidence and come together as one group to decide whether this injured individual or family deserves a sum of money. And, most of the time, they get it right.
When you have a home maker, a factory worker, a doctor and a truck driver all sitting together with their different experiences to decide who is at fault and what’s that worth, that’s when you truly get the right value on a case.
That’s why it’s so important to perform your civic duty. So if you find yourself in that position called for jury duty, don’t look at it as a bad thing or call your lawyer-friends asking how you can get out of it. Embrace the opportunity to join a jury that is fully invested in the process. Our legal system will always be better for it.