Advantages and Disadvantages of Juries

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  • Open system of justice, justice is seen to be done
    • Advantages
      • Jury equity- decide on fairness not just the law
      • Lawyers have to explain matters simply (no technical jargon) thus allowing D and the public to follow proceedings
      • Allows the ordinary person to take part in the administration of justice
      • Secrecy of the jury room- allows the jury to be free of outside pressure
      • Dissadvantages
        • Jury tampering by, for example, bribery or threats. This may lead to trial by judge alone
        • lack of understanding- especially for fraud trials, which are extremely complex and the trial can last a very long time


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