A non-profit educational association whose mission is to inform all Americans about their rights, powers and responsibilties when serving as trial jurors. FIJA also seeks to restore the political function of the jury as the final check and balance on the American system of government.
"Jury nullification of law," as it is sometimes called, is a traditional right that was rigorously defended by America's Founding Fathers. Those great men, Patriots all, intended the jury to serve as a final safeguard - a test that laws must pass before gaining sufficient popular authority for enforcement. Thus the Constitution provides five separate tribunals with veto power - representatives, senate, executive, judges - and finally juries. Each enactment of law must pass all these hurdles before it gains the authority to punish those who may choose to violate it.
On August 10th the Colorado State Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a case that many say could well mark the end of freedom from what is fast becoming a dictatorship of law--a dictatorship by the arbitrary rule of prosecutors and judges.
Our goal is to assist in educating our members about their legal, Constitutional, and civil rights, and the legal responsibilities of the legal/judicial commercial business.
Judicial Accountability Initiative Law
The jury has the power to bring a verdict in the teeth of both law and fact. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes, United States Supreme Court Justice
The jury has a right to judge both the law as well as the facts in controversy. -- John Jay, 1st Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
The pages of history shine on instances of the jury's exercise of its prerogative to disregard instructions of the judge -- U.S. vs. Dougherty, 1972
It would be an absurdity for jurors to be required to accept the judge's view of the law, against their own opinion, judgment, and conscience. -- John Adams