All that sounds good on paper, but the simple fact of the matter is that most people don't give a flying fritter about the judicial system, preferring to avoid it at all costs. And, the few times I've been called for jury duty, my perception is that the judiciary holds the citizenry in barely concealed contempt, treating a jury venire not unlike cattle in sale barn, shuffled from one pen to another, sorted, graded and goaded until the entire crowd is frustrated, aggravated, and discombobulated.
I was originally called for a criminal case, but the defendant, who we learned later was a bltiple offender, accused of a violent, senseless string of acts, chose to plead guilty ranter than risk a jury trial. He was sent away for a long time, and shouldn't be a threat to anyone for a good while.
The jury pool was forced to stand out in the hall while justice ground on the violent accused, and then we were told we wouldn't be needed for the criminal trial. But, just down the hall, the judge there was trying a civil matter and shout half of her jury pool had not shown up. so we were trotted down the hall to help her. We waited and waited and waited, and at about 2:30, a goodly number of us where sent away with instructions to call later to see if we'd be needed tomorrow.
I, like about 40 or 50 other citizens, will call the Courthouse tonight to see if our day will be ruined tomorrow. My duty is not yet complete, it is only held in abeyance.
I stand with Mark Twain on the jury system.
We have a criminal jury system which is superior to any in the world; and its efficiency is only marred by the difficulty of finding twelve men every day who don't know anything and can't read.- 4th of July speech 1873