juries advantages and disadvantages

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  • Juries advantages and disadvantages
    • Democratic right
      • It is right for individuals to be tried by their fellow citizens.
      • The random selection process  means that it would be impossible to introduce bias into the jury
    • Juries maintain confidence in the criminal justice system
      • Jurors typically serve two weeks on the jury service and unlike judges and magistrates, they are unlikely to become case hardened.
    • Jury Equity
      • Jurors can express their opinions through what are sometimes known as perverse judgements
    • Juries keep the system simple
      • If the jury is able to understand the case, it is reasonable to assume that the D would also be able to understand it.
    • Secrecy
      • The contempt of court act makes it a criminal offence for jurors to discuss the process by which they reached their verdict
      • As a result, potential problems with juries such as not being able to understand a judge's direction will not be identified.
    • Juries are acquittal minded
      • Typically, juries in the Crown court acquit 60% of defendants compared to only 20% acquitted in the magistrates court
    • Juries are incometent
      • Sometimes, lack of understanding by the jury leads to perverse judgements or the case collapsing due to lack of progress
    • Jury nobbling
      • nobbling is any process by which the jury is influenced in reaching its verdict. E.g. bribes or threats




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