A recent article in the New York Times was disappointing. The story outlined problems with Courts getting enough people to show up for jury duty and the resistance to people wanting to serve on jury duty. This problem has a negative impact on people who suffer a personal injury or car accident in Arkansas. Jurors must be reminded that the Seventh Amendment to the Constitution states:
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
The article points out that angry jurors are a concern for plaintiffs in civil suits because the plaintiff brought the suit and is more likely to be blamed by the jurors for any inconvenience that jury duty caused them. I often remind jurors about their civic duty and thank them for their service. The right to a jury trial should always be cherished.
Jurors are paid a small daily stipend in Arkansas. It may be time to pay them more in accordance with the value of their civic duty. Although most personal injury lawsuits and car accident claims settle before trial, it is necessary to prepare and have the option of trial to keep insurance companies honest. The jury system is used to offer justice to victims of personal injury and negligence claims in Arkansas. If you or a family member has suffered an injury in a car accident, motorcycle accident, truck accident, or other type of personal injury, please contact an Arkansas personal injury attorney to make sure you receive fair compensation for your injuries.