While many Americans dread getting a summons for jury duty, they will likely be willing participants in a new television court reality series.
Fox is unveiling “You The Jury,” a new unscripted series in which real civil cases will be decided by Americans at home, according to The Wrap.
Fox News’ own Judge Jeanine Pirro will host the reality series which will debut on April 7.
Viewers will be given five minutes to vote via text and the Fox Now App after a case has been presented, delivering a binding “verdict.” That decision, following the East coast and Central time zone broadcast will be live. The West coast broadcast will also be followed with a vote which, if different from the cumulative votes of East/Central and West coast/Mountain time zone combined, will lead to the original verdict being overturned.
Plaintiffs and defendants will have signed agreements prior to the broadcasts consenting to “America’s Vote” as the binding decision in their dispute. The plaintiffs and defendants will deliver their own“closing arguments” in the cases as they sit across from each other, something traditionally done by attorneys.
Each episode is set to feature courtroom battles on the day’s hot-button topics like gay rights, free speech, and religious freedom.
Pirro, the host of Fox News Channel’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine” and a former New York prosecutor, was the first woman elected to serve on the Westchester County Court bench before serving for 12 years as the first female district attorney in Westchester County.
She will be joined on “You The Jury” by former judge of the Superior Court of California, LaDoris Cordell, who will preside over the cases. Arguing for the defendants and plaintiffs will be six attorneys including Jose Baez, who defended Casey Anthony and Benjamin Crump, who represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.
Joining them will be attorneys Joseph Tacopina, who has represented many high profile clients, award-winning attorney Areva Martin, criminal law specialist Mike Cavalluzzi and Charla Aldous who has tried more than 200 civil jury trials.
With America’s obsession with social media, television and technology, Pirro is quite right in declaring “Welcome to the new face of American justice,” in the promotional video for the series.
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