Juries -Roles

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  • Juries- Roles
    • Criminal
      • only used in 1% of criminal trials
      • jury room
      • decide on verdict based on evidence
        • and summing up by the judge
        • do not have to give reasons for verdict
      • try to come to a unanimous decision
        • or majority decision of at least 10/12
      • listen to evidence provided by prosecution, defence and witnesses
    • Civil
      • 10 or fewer a year
        • mainly defamation cases in high court
      • only available in four types of cases in high and county court
        • defamation
        • false imprisonment
        • fraud
        • Malicious Prosecution
      • juries can be refused if the judge thinks the evidence is too complicated
      • allowed in personal injury cases in High Court
        • Ward v James 1966
          • since then cases have not be deemed exceptional so juries not needed
      • Dual Role in Civil cases
        • decide verdict
        • asses damages to be awarded
      • only required because they deal with character and reputation
      • Coroners Court
        • Suspicion of death in either police custody or industrial accident


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An easy to read mind map covering a wide range of information relating to the role - great to use as a starting point in relation to revision.

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