In 2007, a stamp was released displaying the importance of jury duty service.
The stamp displayed twelve jurors in silhouettes:
According to the
United States Postal Office, “Generally, in criminal cases, 12 jurors stand between the accused
and the power of the government. Unless the government convinces a jury
of the accused person’s guilt – beyond a reasonable doubt
– it may not deprive a citizen of life, liberty or property. In
civil cases, a jury represents the conscience of the larger community,
ruling in favor of either of the opposing parties in a dispute.”
Jury duty is an important civic duty. It provides us with the privilege and opportunity
to represent a larger community ruling. It allows us the right to a trial
by a jury of our peers. It is also a hands-on opportunity to explore and
learn more about how our justice system works. This stamp is a beautiful
reminder of our democracy; something we should all take pride in.