The Jury System Essay

1815 WordsOct 18, 20168 Pages
Throughout history no man nor congress created what would be known today as the Jury System. This system began as an open book for many to occupy, but no one really knew where they stood, until recently, now that it has evolved to the modern conditions presented in the country. The first sign of the jury system being used amongst the criminal justice system was when Democracy was first created. Melvyn Zerman, a publisher sales executive wrote a book Beyond a Reasonable Doubt where he examines the jury system in depth and gives a history overview where it all began. For this, Zerman began with the first encounter in history with a jury system. Around 4th century B.C., Athenians in Ancient Greece viewed their world as “a nation of lawyers and a nation without lawyers” (p. 15). The meaning “a nation of lawyers and a nation without lawyers” expands to a great matter that when the plaintiff and the defendant had an altercation they did not settle this through fighting. Better yet, they handled it in the most civilized way and that’s going to the court justices where each one had to become their own lawyer. Once charges were placed between the plaintiff and the defendant the jurors were brought into place. Now each case presented isn’t always the same. Depending on the case Athenians placed a certain amount of jurors on the tribunals or trials. Sometimes it would start at the minimum which was 201 and maybe expanded up to 1,001 jurors. Imagine today in the United States the max

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