Welcome to the Frank Crowley Courts Building
If you have been summoned for jury duty or have served as a juror in the past, let us first say THANK YOU for your service.
On your way into the courthouse, you may have been offered a brochure from the Fully Informed Jury Association to provide you with information to empower you as a fully informed juror. This brochure contains information on your rights as a juror that you will likely not be told by a judge.
If you did not receive a brochure, or if your brochure was confiscated, click here for the information you need to know in to order serve as a fully informed juror.
Your vote as a juror should be your own, based on:
- your own assessment of whether or not the evidence and testimony presented to you leaves no room for reasonable doubt,
- your understanding and assessment of the fairness of the law and whether it is justly applied in the case before you, and
- your personal conclusions based on your own conscience.
It is our intention to inform you of all the options available to you—including the option you have to conscientiously acquit someone who has technically broken the law. Judges may fail to inform you of this option or may misinform you about it to dissuade you from exercising it. Whether or not you feel it necessary to exercise your right of conscientious acquittal in order to deliver a just verdict is solely at your discretion.
In 1771, Founder and second President of the United States John Adams wrote of the juror's right of conscientious acquittal:
"Now should the Melancholly Case arise, that the judges should give their Opinions to the jury, against one of these fundamental Principles [of the Constitution], is a juror obliged to give his Verdict generally according to this Direction, or even to find the fact specially and submit the Law to the Court? Every Man of any feeling or Conscience will answer, no. It is not only his right but his Duty in that Case to find the Verdict according to his own best Understanding, Judgment and ConscieSave & Closence, tho in Direct opposition to the Direction of the Court.
Thank you for fully preparing yourself in the event that you are called upon as a juror to represent the conscience of the community through your deliberations and vote.