Juries role in criminal trials

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  • Juries role in Criminal trials
    • decide on matters of fact
      • if the jury need any further information, they can put questions to the judge in writing
      • They must not take any written information out of the court at any time
      • to help the jury reach a verdict, they're encouraged to take notes during the trial.
    • Judges directions
      • After listening to all the evidence, the jury then listen to judge who will help them explain the relevant law to them.
    • Verdict
      • Majority Verdict
        • 1. After two hours, the judge can now direct the jury that he can accept a majority verdict (10-2, 11-1 or if only 10 jurors, 9-1)
        • 2. Judge will now allow them to deliberate anything from a few hours to a few days.
          • If the jury reach a majority verdict, they will return to the court and are required to state what the majority verdict is.
            • If the jury does not have a majority verdict, the jury is dismissed and return to the waiting area.
      • Unanimous verdict
        • The judges must direct the jury that he can only accept a unanimous verdict. The jury then retire to the jury room where all the deliberations are held in private.
    • After the Verdict
      • Once the jury has told their verdict, their role in that trial is over. The jurors return to the waiting area and are then available to be selected by ballot for another trial.


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