“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.” United States Constitution, Sixth Amendment.
Trial by jury is a cornerstone of our justice system. This is one of the most important rights that Americans enjoy, and is guaranteed by the United States Constitution. To ensure the continuation of that right, you may be called to perform your civic duty as a juror. Jury service is an honor and a responsibility which should be accepted with pride. As a juror, you will serve as an officer of the court, just like lawyers and judges are officers of the court. Jurors’ decisions affect property rights, the lives, and the liberty of those whose cases come before the court. As a juror, you are a part of Arkansas’s judicial system.