A court administrator

If I were a court administrator, I shall propose that the jury be knowledgeable on the intricacies of the field of law, both substantial and procedural.

The study of law consist of learning the law as it is, this is the so-called substantial aspect and the procedure where rights and remedies are properly presented in court or the so-called procedural or remedial law.  The procedural aspect of court litigation is placed under the control of the judge.  The substantial aspect of the law is entrusted to the jury.  The jury makes the decision on the merits of the case. The judge regulates the conduct of court hearing, determines whether evidence is admissible or not or whether a question is proper to be asked; exercises contempt power and promulgates the decision.

In court dealings, what is at stake is justice and justice is attained through the application of the appropriate law and the observance of the appropriate procedure.  That is, justice is an interplay of both the procedural and substantial aspect of the law.  Moreover, the administration of the law requires the impartiality of the jury.

 With the nature of the task, the complexities, the reason and the wisdom of the law, it is but proper to place the administration of justice in the hands of the persons who possess wisdom and impartiality in the implementation of the law. The wisdom on what the law is possessed by those who have accomplished a degree in law and have complied with the qualifications in obtaining an authority to practice law.

On the other hand, impartiality can be exercised by those who have complied with the rigid requirements of a law degree, without taking into account personal emotions and opinions on the status or condition of each of the parties.

Premises considered, it is of my opinion that the jury be subjected to the same qualifications as counsels are because justice is not just a matter of determining how much monetary liability a person may be charged of but at times it takes him his life, his freedom not to mention the monetary liability on top of imprisonment.