Serving on a Jury

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The jury system is an important part of our judicial system. Jurors listen to the facts during a trial and vote on the verdict. Trial by jury began in Greece around 400 BC. A set of rules was established then to determine that jurors were chosen fairly. The jury system was adapted by the British in 1606 and came to North America with the colonists. When the colonies became the United States of America in 1776, trial by jury was an important part of justice in the original states. Now the process of selecting a jury begins with a computer search of drivers' license and voter registration files. The lawyers eliminate jurors they don't feel will be sympathetic to their clients before the trial begins. The jurors listen to the case and must reach a unanimous decision. If that doesn't happen, it is called a hung jury and a new trial is necessary. This informative book is easy to read with large type and lots of photographs. It is part of the "True Book" series on civics. 2002, Children's Press,
— Kristin Harris
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Public Office explains what some of these elected jobs are and describes the election process from the filing of a petition to run for office through to the tallying of the votes. Jury provides some background history on the selection and responsibilities of juries and types of trials. The process of serving on a jury is described from the time a person receives the summons to serve through reaching a verdict on a case. Clearly written civic lessons with full-color photographs that reflect the diversity of the people in the U.S.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780516223292
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: True Book Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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