Past Exam Questions (Jury)

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Explain the role of juries in criminal cases.

  • Listen to facts.
  • Come to an verdict. (guilty or not guilty)
  • Aim to reach an unanimous verdict.

Discuss the jury selection process.

  • central summoning buraeu.
  • Qualifications.
  • Advantages and Weaknesses.
  • Challenges - stand by, for cause, for array.
  • Jury vetting
  • Quotes - Darbyshire, Devlin.
  • Reforms and proposals.
  • Jury Act 1974.
  • Criminal Justice Act 2003.
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Explain the different types of jury trials available in England and Wales.

  • Criminal
    • 12 jurors.
    • Either way and Indictable cases.
    • 30,000 cases a year (1% of criminal cases)
    • the role the jury plays.
  • Coroners
    • 7 too 11 members.
    • 4 types of complusory cases - Death in prison, death in industrial accidents, death in police custody or resulting from an injury from the police and deaths that may affect public health and safety.
  • Civil
    • 8 jurors in county court
    • 12 jurors in high court
    • Supreme Court Act 1981
    • Right to jury in 4 cases - libel and slander, malicious prosecution, false imprisonment and fraud.
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Evaluate the reliability of jury trial.

  • lead by heart not head (R v Owen)
  • Preverse verdicts (R v Young)
  • Reforms and proposals.
  • Advantages and disadvantages.
  • Jury secrecy.
  • Contempt Of Court Act 1981.
  • Jury nobbling.

Are Juries representative of the general public?

  • Lord Devlin
  • Darbyshire
  • Jury challenges and vetting.
  • R v Ford (multi-race jury)
  • Reforms and proposals
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Jury selection process.
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