Jury Rights Day is September 5, an event celebrated by the Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) for over 25 years. Not to be confused with jury appreciation days around the country at different times, the focus for this event is specifically the rights of juries, particularly that of jury nullification.
This celebration commemorates the saga known as the William Penn case going back to 1670. Although technically guilty of the crime with which he was charged, he refused to accept the validity of the law and pled not guilty. After considerable suffering for siding with him, the jury emerged victorious, winning not only that particular case but leading to the precedent of jury nullification in the Bushel case.In a continued effort to educate and motivate the public to know more about jury rights, FIJA offers many resources and information. One of these is to celebrate Jury Rights Day. Click To Tweet
Jury Rights Day With FIJA
Since those days, the principle has had varied implementation and success. In a continued effort to educate and motivate the public to know more about this important right, FIJA offers many resources and information. One of these is to celebrate Jury Rights Day. Here is what they suggest:
- On or close to 5 September, spend an hour in front of a local courthouse with friends sharing FIJA brochures. We’ll even provide a free event kit if you organize one!
- Make signs and host a Jury Rights Day sign wave on the corners of a busy intersection.
- Invite friends over for a movie night focused on a jury-related plot.
- Speak to a local civic group or school about the history of Jury Rights Day and the protective role of the jury.
- Submit an op-ed or write a letter to the editor of a local or national publication or website discussing jury nullification and Jury Rights Day.
- Call into or be a guest on a talk radio show to discuss jury rights.
- Host a FIJA table at a county fair, farmers market, hempfest, gun show or another public event on or close to Jury Rights Day.
- Be sure to join the Jury Rights Day 2019 event page on Facebook to show your support and keep up as we share announcements, resources, and so on as we help you gear up for Jury Rights Day.
Here’s a short video explaining more about this important subject.
Jury Rights Day 2013