They already have it so that people who can’t read get to vote, so why not let non-English speakers serve on juries?
The New Mexico Supreme Court is cautioning trial courts and lawyers that citizens who don’t speak English have the right to serve on juries.
The ruling issued Monday tells judges and lawyers that they must make reasonable efforts to protect the rights of non-English speaking citizens to serve on juries.
And since we’re getting all convenient here, can an 18-21 year old be allowed to sit in the jury box and play on his/her smartphone during the trial? After all, this is how they primarily communicate, and “juries of peers” after all.
The state just wants them found guilty so, how hard can it be?
On a more serious note, I thought that to be able to serve on a jury, you had to be a citizen, and I was also under the impression that in order to be a citizen, you had to have a rather decent degree of competency in the English language.
But I guess that those standards could be slipping as well.