- May 23, 2020
The due process entails fair treatment of all citizens bythe justice system. The government or any other authoritycannot go against this entitlement. According to the Fifth Amendment,before the government deprives an individual any rights, there has tobe the due process (Geyh, 2011). The legal proceedings involveseveral steps. Among them are receiving a fair trial before animpartial jury. The defendant is entitled to representation by alawyer if he or she cannot face trial alone.
Due process is a central notion in the American judicial systembecause it forms the foundation. The cornerstone of the Americanjustice system is impartiality, fairness, and integrity among othervirtues (Fitzpatrick, 2013). Incorporating the due process reinforcesthe goals and objectives of the American judicial system. Wheneveryone believes that there are fairnessand impartiality, peace prevails in the society.
A judicial system without due process begins by denying peopledemocracy. Everyone suspected of any wrongdoing deserves a chance ofdefending and proving his or her innocence. Denying them thisopportunity means they will receive sentencing unfairly. There willbe chaos if some people are wrongfully convicted while others getlight punishment for major offenses.
Living in a society that lacks a guarantee of due process will createproblems. It expresses a lack of integrity and bias towardsparticular people. Such a society will have not only political butalso social problems. The rest of the community will hate the fewreceiving special treatment will be hated by the remainder of thecommunity. There would also be an increase of retribution towardsofficials working for the law enforcement and judicial system. It isessential for the system to guarantee fairness every time.
Fitzpatrick, A. (2013). The judicial system. Mankato,Minnesota: Creative Education.
Geyh, C. G. (2011) When Courts & Congress Collide: TheStruggle for Control of America`s . Ann Arbor:University of Michigan Press.