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In a medical malpractice case, why aren't there only doctors who sit on the jury?


A: Our system of justice requires that a 'jury of one's peers' sit in judgment. This phrase has come to mean people of the community, and not people who have the same jobs or same backgrounds. We'd never really know if 6 doctors sitting in judgment against another doctor would find in favor of the doctor just because they sympathized with the poor guy. If a truck driver caused a car accident, should he be entitled to a jury of all truck drivers? Don't you think they'd be sympathetic to a fellow truck driver? What if the injured person bringing the lawsuit was a banker, and the person who caused the accident worked in a fast food restaurant? Which jurors should sit in judgment of such a case? The answer is that anyone in the community who is over 18 years of age can sit on a jury.