The right to a jury trial, it is an age-old protection handed down to us from our forefathers who created the constitution as a means of protection from the abuses of the government, at the time the crown of English rule. Nowadays the right is a given and sometimes its significance is overlooked. If you are a juvenile however this right does not extend to you at least in the California criminal justice system. If you are under 18 and accused of a crime you are sent to the juvenile courts for adjudication of the offense. The one right that keeps the system in check, and prevents abuse from oftentimes jaded and battleworn judges, is that of the right of your guilt or innocence to be determined by a jury of your peers, reports a Torrance Juvenile Lawyer. The jury levels the playing field and allows any man or woman to be judged by the community, not a lawyer wearing a black robe. No disrespect for the Judges in our system, but our forefathers realized that the best and fairest way to adjudicate guilt or innocence is by way of a jury of ordinary people.
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