What are the pros and cons of "professional jurors?"

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People have been considering the pros and cons of professional juries going at least as far back as Classical Athens when Aristophanes staged his satirical play "The Wasps" on precisely this topic. Let's look at some of the pros and cons of having professional juries in today's legal system.


An obvious pro is that a professional juror would have a better understanding of legal nuances than the average citizen. They would be more likely to reach a decision based on legal requirements. It is not unheard of for a jury to reach a verdict based on emotional decisions or a lack of legal understanding. A professional jury would likely eliminate this problem.

Another pro to consider is the unwillingness of many citizens to serve on a jury. It is sometimes difficult to fill a jury bench with willing citizens, since being part of a jury is a significant disruption to one's life. Particularly when it comes to lengthy trials, many reluctant jurors will not actively participate in deliberations,...

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