Learn about jury duty through these sites. Find out how the jury system was developed in America and about new reforms in court trials and jury duty. Includes lesson plans, quizzes, and in class activities. There are links to eThemes Resources on U.S. Government: Judicial Branch and U.S. Court of Appeals.
Fact Monster: Jury
Learn the definition of the jury and follow links to learn about development of the modern jury system. NOTE: The site includes pop-up and banner ads.
Jurors' Handbook: Citizens Guide to Jury Duty
Read about juror's rights, power, and duty. NOTE: The reading level is for older students.
Sage Publications: The Jury
This book chapter includes information on the history of trial by jury, the role of the jury, rules on selection of jurors, and jury reform. Includes a vocabulary list and discussion questions.
Jury Duty Quotes
Read quotes of famous Americans about the jury. Click on the "Jury Duty" link to read the historic overview of development and existing issues of judicial system.
Trial by Oath, Combat, and Ordeal
During these in-class activities, children can learn about the Great Britain medieval justice and how modern judicial system resulted from it.
Chapter 4: The Role of the Jury
Learn the role of the jury during a trial. Find out how the jury and judge may collaborate through the trial. NOTE: The site leads to websites with banner and pop-up ads. NOTE: The reading level is for older students.
Roles of the Members of a Trial
Read a 2-page PDF file to understand the roles of the members of a trial.
This page provides information about two types of juries in the United States.
Jury Service Basics
Learn about basic information about jurors, qualifications for jury service, and excuses from jury service.
Jury of Your Peers
This lesson is designed to help students learn about the requirements for jury duty in the state where they live.
Trial by Jury Quiz
Take a quiz to find out how much you know about the jury. Explanations are included.
eThemes Resource: U.S. Government: Judicial Branch
These sites explain the role of the Supreme Court and the judicial branch of government. Includes information on the justices, explanations of court proceedings, summaries of landmark cases, and a Webquest.
eThemes Resource: U.S. Court of Appeals
These sites contain resources to help students understand how the Court of Appeals System works and how it relates to other types of courts. There are tutorials, basic information about the courts and judges, links to court publications, and databases of statistical information and important court decisions. Includes a link to eTheme resources on the judicial branch of government.
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