That’s one way to look at it, but consider this:
In 1774 founding father John Adams said, "Representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty...”
The importance of a trial by jury, was so important to Thomas Jefferson that he included it as a grievance in the Declaration of Independence because the King of England was “depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury.”
In 1788, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man, by which government can be held to the principles of its constitution.” It was Jefferson’s conviction that led John Adams to include jury trials in our Bill of Rights enshrined in the 6th and 7th Amendments.
Serving as a juror is a vital role as a citizen of Missoula and the United States. It, along with voting, are the ordinary citizen’s greatest opportunity to participate in, and protect our democracy. Most people indicate that serving on a jury was a worthwhile experience.