January 8, 2011
The Importance of the Jury System
The purpose of law is to define behavior and conduct that is acceptable in a society. “Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor,”(1) was said by Theodore Rosevelt in regards to how important the law is to a country. This is to ensure that people of a society are living in a place where they are free of fear, and able to reside in peace. Crime can be found throughout that world and is an unfortunate part of society, which must be dealt with in order to prevent the demise of law and order in a society. Martin Luther King Jr. said “Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.”(2) Individuals believed to have committed an offence against the law must be found guilty in a court of law to receive their punishment. The jury system provides a definitive conclusion to the innocence of those who have been accused of a crime. Having the jury system is effective and useful because Canada prides itself in its value of democracy which is shown through the involvement in justice, it allows for the peers of an accused to hear the entire facts of a case and the fate of the accused is not in the hands of solely one individual who may have conflicting opinions and values than that of the accused. In the following, the reasons for having the jury system become an integral part of the Canadian Justice System. The involvement of a jury is important because it allows for a fair conclusion to trials.
To begin, Canada having the jury system allows for Canadains to have an active role in their justice system which is crucial in ensureing that there societial veiws and values are upheld. Canada takes great pride in ensuring every individual that has to appeear before the court for offecnes is given a fair trial.Having a democratic government...