Fully Informed Jury Association

Fully Informed Jury Association

The Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA) is a United States national jury education organization, incorporated in the state of Montana as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. FIJA works to educate all citizens on their authority when they serve as jurors. FIJA educates the public, provides commentary on current jury-related cases, and assists defendants with jury authority strategies—including the right to veto bad laws and the misapplication of laws—by refusing to convict the defendant.

In the U.S., every defendant in a criminal case has the constitutional right to be tried by a jury of his or her peers. FIJA advises jurors to disregard their oath and the judge's instructions and vote for acquittal if they disagree with the law. This concept is known as jury nullification.

Some prosecutors and law enforcement professionals are strongly opposed to the notion that juries can nullify undesirable laws, while other lawyers and judges strongly support this process.fact|date=July 2008

External links

* [http://www.fija.org Official website]
* [http://www.juryduty.org Lone Star FIJA]
* [http://www.levellers.org/jrp The Jury Rights Project]
* [http://www.jurypower.org The Jury Education Committee]
* [http://www.freedomlaw.com/fijalink.htm Freedomlaw Pages]
* [http://www.karenselick.com/CL9602.html Fully Informed Juries: A Check on State Power]
* [http://www.familyfriendlyjuryduty.org Family Friendly Jury Duty] (allows family caregivers to defer their jury service)
* Jury Duty Explained on VideoJug.com by FIJA Executive Director Iloilo M. Jones [http://www.videojug.com/player?type=interview&id=1d342736-1942-6e5c-2a8c-ff0008ca0c86]

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