Every American is expected to perform his or her civil duty and to serve on a jury if summoned. However, few people understand what that civil duty entails and why it is so important to our justice system. (Even fewer people will actually have the chance to serve on a jury.)
These asynchronous lessons and activities to will give you a basic understanding of trials and help you get ready to take part in a jury trial. Learn about the order of a trial, what a grand jury is and what function it serves, what it’s like to be a jury member in federal and state courts, the history of American juries, and all about some famous trials.
You won’t have to wait until adulthood to serve on a jury, though. Athena’s very own civil and criminal courts need jury members to help decide cases, and you are being called to serve, and once you complete this Jury Basics course, you’ll be ready!
Note to parents:
- Be aware that this class will be discussing court cases which inherently involve crimes. While every effort has been taken to avoid the more egregious crimes, there will still be mention of criminal proceedings. Please stay involved with your student during this class since you best know what he/she can and can’t handle.
- This independent learning course is Free* when students enroll in the Civil Jury Service course or the Criminal Jury Service course.
- *Students are automatically enrolled in this Jury Basics independent learning courses when they enroll in the for the Civil Jury Service course or the Criminal Jury Service course. Please refer to the course descriptions, linked on the Athena’s Course Descriptions – Law webpage, for specifics.
- Please note, the official course start date for the Civil Jury Service course or the Criminal Jury Service course is the start date of this Jury Basics asynchronous class — the enrollment date.