Another week, another lesson. Time to learn about your right to a speedy trial. The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states; “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.”
This promises liberties such as your right to a speedy and public trial, an impartial jury, and an explanation of the charges being lodged against you. As well as the right to cross-examine those you testify against you, and the right to produce witnesses to testify in your favor. Finally, it promises your right the legal counsel.
While our justice system certainly needs to be reformed, the rights promised in this amendment should be at the forefront of reformation. These rights are vital to balancing power, seeking justice and keeping freedoms and rights for all citizens – who are innocent until proven guilty. The system will never be perfect, but this amendment aims to make it better.
How would you like see the justice system reformed? What do you see happening that you believe is unconstitutional? Study up and decide for yourself.
Arm yourself with knowledge and know your rights so you can keep your rights.