The Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, nonpartisan, educational organization headquartered in Helena, Montana. Focusing on issues involving the role of the jury in our justice system, FIJA seeks to preserve the full function of the jury as the final arbiter in our courts of law by informing everyone about their rights, powers and responsibilities when serving as trial jurors. FIJA works to restore full knowledge of the function of the jury as the final check and balance on government.
FIJA’s mission is to educate Americans regarding their full powers as jurors, including their ability to rely on personal conscience, to judge the merit of the law and its application, and to nullify bad law, when necessary for justice, by finding for the defendant. The organization does not advocate for or against any case in progress, but merely seeks to fully inform everyone of all their options when serving on juries. This includes the option to conscientiously acquit when a just verdict requires it by voting Not Guilty, even if they believe the law has technically been broken, without fear of punishment for their verdict.
FIJA conducts its campaign solely through educational outreach programs and materials, and works to achieve its goals through means appropriate to its 501(c)(3) status. It does not advocate violence or willful disobedience to the law, and does not associate itself with any anti-government movement or organization.
To maintain its independence, FIJA accepts no government funding. FIJA programs and publications are possible because of generous contributions received from individual donors and organizations. FIJA generates a small amount of revenue through the sale of publications and materials, which partially defrays the cost of producing them. FIJA is a nonprofit, tax-exempt educational foundation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.