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Is It Permissible to Serve on a Jury?

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Question: Is serving on jury duty impermissible because it involves judging another human being that may be innocent?

Answer: assalamu `alaykum

The basis is that serving on a jury is permitted.

If a defendant is innocent in your view, you can, of course, choose to argue such when deliberating on a verdict with your fellow jurors.

Additionally, not all jury services are the same: for example, in a grand jury, jurors simply decide whether criminal charges should be brought against a defendant or not as opposed to actually deliberating on the innocence/guilt of the defendant.


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