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Celebrate Jury Rights Day

Please join us this year in celebrating Jury Rights Day nationwide! Here are some easy ways to get involved:
● Spend an hour in front of a local courthouse with friends sharing FIJA brochures. We’ll even provide a free event kit if you organize one!
● Participate in a Labor Day parade or other event to create more fully informed jurors in your community.
● Speak to a local civic group or school about the history of Jury Rights Day and the protective role of the jury.
● Get your local officials to issue a Jury Rights Day proclamation.
● Submit an op-ed or write a letter to the editor of a local or national publication or website discussing jury nullification and Jury Rights Day.
● Call into or be a guest on a talk radio show to discuss jury rights.
● Post a Jury Rights Day status on your Facebook page and link to the offical FIJA Facebook page to help educate more prospective jurors.
● Follow @FIJANational on Twitter and use hashtag #JuryRightsDay to promote Jury Rights Day before September 5 and to inform people about jurors’ rights on September 5.

Be sure to join the Jury Rights Day 2017 event page on Facebook to show your support and keep up as we share announcements, resources, and so on as we help you gear up for Jury Rights Day. Please also feel free to e-mail us your Jury Rights Day plans if you would like us to help publicize them through our website and social networks.
  

 

Request a FREE Jury Rights Kit for an Event

If you would like to host a Jury Rights Day event and need materials, we would love to help you! Each year we are able to provide a limited amount of materials to individuals and groups who are celebrating Jury Rights Day. These materials are for Jury Rights Day events specifically (you can request materials for other purposes by email). Therefore, we ask that those who are requesting them provide us details of the event they will be hosting and provide us with some brief information after the event.

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FREE Jury Rights Day event kit!

Upon receiving your request, we will assess the size and type of the event and put together a package of materials including Jury Rights Day postcards, FIJA brochures, and other materials. We will not ship complementary materials until we have your event and all the details listed on the calendar. This year we will collect a small deposit that will be refunded to you if you provide the after event information within two weeks following your scheduled event date.

Your request with complete information and deposit must be in our hands on or before 28 August 2017 or one week before the scheduled start date of your event, whichever is earlier, to allow time to package and ship your kit in time for your event.
  

 

Help Provide Jury Rights Day Materials

Help FIJA provide event kits to groups and individuals hosting Jury Rights Day events around the country. Each Jury Rights Day kit provided will contain 100 Jury Rights Day postcards, printed with FIJA’s message on one side and blank on the other, brochures chosen by the event hosts (most events receive 200-300 brochures), and other materials. The postcards are suitable for mailing or handing out at events. The blank side can be used by the event host to add a custom message. We will assemble and ship these kits to as many event hosts as possible at no charge to them. You can sponsor a Jury Rights Day kit for $75, by donating below.


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History of Jury Rights Day

On September 5 each year for more than 25 years, FIJA has celebrated Jury Rights Day as our signature day of educational outreach.  On this day in 1670, William Penn of London was arrested for publicly preaching the Quaker religion in violation of England’s Conventicles Act, which outlawed the public practice of religions other than the Church of England.

Though he had technically broken the law, Penn pled Not Guilty. Nonetheless, the court repeatedly demanded that the jurors find Penn guilty, repeatedly rejecting any other verdict and sending them back to deliberate again and again. In punishment for the jurors’ refusal to enforce this unjust law, the court jailed the noncompliant jurors, withholding from them food and water, tobacco and fire.

Some of the jurors appealed their fines and imprisonment.  In this appeal, known as Bushell’s case, the higher court ruling confirmed that jurors cannot be punished for their verdict, even if a law has technically been broken. Penn’s and Bushell’s cases not only firmly established our jury rights in the common law tradition, but also laid a foundation for freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly that we hold dear still today.

Jurors’ refusal to enforce unjust or unjustly applied laws is known as jury nullification, jury veto, or conscientious acquittal. It is a crucial tool that citizens have to restrain government. This authority is our peaceful protection to stop corrupt government servants from violating our rights.