The U.S. justice system is a broad, complex topic. There are many rules and regulations to this system. The U.S. is famous for having one of the most complex judicial systems in the world. The judicial system includes lawyers, judges, law enforcement officers, and accused criminals. There are several federal courts that control all the issues at the national level. Each state also has its own set of courts that can adapt to the needs of all people. Learning how the judicial system works is useful in case you ever need to file a lawsuit, pay a traffic ticket, defend yourself in court, and claim damages from the government. In the U.S. legal system individuals present their cases before a judge or jury. The arguments are expressed by each individual, which are usually lawyers, are supposed to allow the judge or jury to determine the truth about the problem. Problems that are presented to the court include arguments, evidence, and testimony. There are many rules that exist regarding trial procedures, courtroom behavior, and how evidence and testimony are presented. The rules are designed to promote fairness and allow each side an opportunity to present its case. However, the rules can be implemented in different ways based on other people’s perspectives. This implies that people have different opinions on whether individuals are guilty or not. The judicial system therefore is fair but flawed. The jury system is an important part of the judicial system. Holding fair trials would be impossible without juries. Jurors are randomly selected to ensure a cross-section of the population. If you are called in for jury duty does not mean you will have to serve on a jury. Judges and lawyers question potential jurors to determine if they are fit to serve. There are two types of juries on which private citizens may be called to serve. A trial jury is made up of six to twelve people for a civil trial and twelve people for a criminal trial. A grand jury is a panel of sixteen to twenty-three people who determine if there’s a probable cause to charge someone with a crime. Juries are criticized for deciding cases based on prejudice and emotion rather than relying on the evidence and the law. ¨Steve Harmon´s black. He’s in jail, maybe forever. He’s on trial for murder and he’s sixteen years old.¨ (Monster, Walter Dean Myers) Juries are also unable to understand the complex issues. People also say the jury system is the worst system of justice except for all the others. There is much talk about whether we should have cases decided by a jury instead of a judge. Some people believe that having judges decided all cases would improve the system but judges, like jurors are human beings who can make mistakes. Also, judges do not represent society, since most of them are still male, Caucasian, and from middle-class, and well-to-do backgrounds. Women, minorities, and less wealthy people continue to be underrepresented in the court system. Jurors are drawn from a pool of women, men, all ethnic groups, all ethnic backgrounds, all adult ages, all religions, and all neighborhoods. They are required to be fair and impartial. A jury reflects different backgrounds and points of view, rather than the viewpoint and experiences of a single judge. The system helps make sure that a verdict will not be based on one person’s opinions. Human beings are not perfect, everyone makes mistakes occasionally. The jury system is just the same; not perfect. Despite its flaws it is the best means we have to ensure justice in a democracy for it guarantees the view of all citizens will be represented.