The Diane Rehm Show will discuss jury duty on Monday Nov 3rd.
The jury is a key component of our justice system. Some studies even say the experience of sitting on a jury can lead to further civic engagement. But many people never show up when summoned. Why some say it’s time to change jury duty in America.
- Melvin Wright Associate Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia; Presiding Judge of the Civil Division and chair of the Jury Committee.
- John Gastil head and professor, Communication Arts and Sciences and Political Science at Penn State; specializing in political deliberation and group decision making. He is a principal investigator for The Jury and Democracy Project, and co-author of "The Jury and Democracy: How Jury Deliberation Promotes Civic Engagement and Political Participation."
- Paula Hannaford-Agor director of the Center for Jury Studies, National Center for State Courts.
- Andrew Ferguson associate professor of law, University of the District of Columbia School of Law; former supervising attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. He is the author of "Why Jury Duty Matters: A Citizen's Guide to Constitutional Action."