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American juries are true safeguards of democracy

When you fulfill your civic duty of serving on a jury, you are safeguarding American democracy. Statistics have shown that civil juries are competent, rational, and responsible in their decision-making. Their decisions reflect continually changing community attitudes about big business accountability and government responsibility.

Jury verdicts are actually far lower than commonly believed. The overall median damages award in a tort jury trial declined 56% from 1992 to 2001. The final median did not differ greatly from the median of a tort bench trial where the verdict is decided by a judge.

Additionally, contrary to popular belief, it is difficult for medical malpractice victims to win medical malpractice lawsuits before juries. In 2001, the U.S. Department of Justice saw that plaintiffs won only 50.7% of tort cases before juries, compared to 64.7% before judges.

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