How can we expect the average Citizen to have the skills to be a Boule Member?
The competence of the average U.S. voter receives it greatest test when twelve of them are randomly selected as jurypersons to decide the truth in matters ranging up to death sentences and billion dollar legal awards. This is our guarantee of justice under the constitution. It works surprisingly well, and when it occasionally goes wrong it is more the result of being given incorrect information than jury errorit is seldom that a judge overrules a jury verdict. There is no reason why we should not extend the democratic principle behind jury service to a much larger Boule. Of course, a jury gets expert advice from the lawyers, judge, police, and expert witnesses. Similarly, the Boule will call in all the expert advice and testimony that it requires. The Boule’s primary responsibility is to decide which proposed Initiatives to advance and which to put aside. The requirements needed to make these decisions is discussed at length in the Boule Wisdom. The Boule’s broad range of views and abi