Does a jury of your peers have to be all English speakers?

Aug 13, 2013
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Should non-English speakers serve on a jury?

Should non-English speakers serve on a jury? ; Credit: Getty Images

 A New Mexico Supreme Court ruling this week underscored the rights of non-English speakers to serve as jurors in the state’s trials. Its constitution declares clearly that the right of any citizen to “sit upon juries, shall never be restricted…on account of…inability to speak, read or write the English or Spanish languages.” It’s the only state in the union to make such an accommodation – by providing interpreters for prospective jurors.  

Should non-English Speakers be allowed to serve on a jury? How will this impact the trial? 


Richard Gabriel, the President of Decision Analysis, Inc. a national trial consulting firm with offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco


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