What Are Civil Responsibilities?

Civil responsibilities include active participation in government and democracy, paying taxes, jury service, obeying the law, respecting others, being civilly aware and the cognizance to “defend the Constitution,” according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. These responsibilities are important to ensuring that America remains a free and prosperous nation.

According to Central Michigan University College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, civic responsibility involves action within the community. Citizens vote and encourage other citizens to vote as a way to take part in the democratic process.

Though voting is not mandatory in the United States, officials encourage citizens to vote as an expression of a republican form of government, according to the Utah Education Network. Jury service helps citizens uphold the Constitution by insuring the right to a trial by jury for all defendants. A citizen must also appear before the court upon the issuance of a summons. Males over the age of 18 must register for the Selective Service. Citizens must uphold both local and federal laws to maintain civil responsibility.

Civic responsibilities occur within the community in addition to national responsibilities, according to Kansas State University. Community service allows an opportunity for people of various abilities to engage in civic duty.