Jury duty is as important to citizenship as voting - maybe more so. Certainly, a citizen has more influence and power when serving as a juror than as a voter.
It is in the jury room that citizens get to actually influence the system to work toward Americans' highest commonly held political values . . . the values we pledge to when we pledge allegiance to the flag of the of the United States of America, and the Republic to which it stands:
Liberty and Justice for AllAn effective juror must:
(1) Be honest, forthcoming, and genuine;
(2) Listen attentively and take good notes;
(3) Ask questions if you do not understand; and
(4) Listen to all the evidence prior to forming any conclusions about the case.
Some helpful hints:
(1) Speak loud enough for your fellow jurors to hear:
(2) No two jurors should talk at the same time. One juror should defer to the other when both want to speak;
(3)Don't be afraid to change your opinion, nor should you be afraid to hold fast your position;
Of course, these are general guidelines and you should always follow the rules of your specific jurisdiction, which will be explained to you by the judges and attorneys in your specific case.