Juries

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  • Created on: 08-05-13 19:16
Criteria for appointment?
Aged between 18 and 70,have to be on the electoral role, cannot be disqualified, cannot have a mental disorder and have to be a resident of the UK for atleat 5 years since the age of 13.
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Who is disqualified?
Someone involved in criminal proceedings, someone who is on bail, someone who has served life imprisonment,.
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Who is ineligible?
Someone with a mental disorder who regularly attends hospital for treatment or is a resident in hospital.
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Who can make an application for excusal or deferral?
Member of the armed forces, recent parenthood, job commitments, sickness and booked holidays.
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What is Jury Vetting
The checking of the suitability of potential juors e.g. routine police checks and wider checks on jurors backgrounds.
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Selecting a jury?
- Randomly selected from electoral register by Jury Central Summoning Burreau- Sent summons in the post - If disqualified,ineligible or require accusal or deferral let them know - If not called to court on a specific date - Waiting in jury pool
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Continued?
- Challenged for cause - Take oath or affirm
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On what grounds can a potential juror be challenged?
Knows the defendant or witness.
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Alternatives to the jury system?
Trial by a single judge, A panel of judges, A judge and lay assessors and A Mini Jury
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Trial by a single judge?
Used in civil law system because its fair and produces consistent results. However if it was used in the Criminal system judges could become case hardened and listen to the police.
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A panel of judges?
Three or five judges. So their is a balance of views and less bias opinion, however this could be more expensive to the taxpayer.
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A judge and lay assesors?
Judge would sit with two lay people and they make the decision together. Good because includes judges legal expertise and everyday background of general public
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A mini - jury?
A small number of jurors could be used
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Advantages?
- More in touch with members of the public,cause they are ordinary people -They have no knowledge of the law so not case hardened or bias - Twelve people decide a case so less likely to be discrimination - Jury vetting is not allowed so peoples
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private life left - Each juror paid a subsistence allowance which helps them get to work
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Disadvantages?
- Randomly selected from the public,don't know if they are suitable for the role -Have no knowledge of the law so might not make the best decisions - 12 people decide so harder to come to an decision - Jury vetting not usually allowed so ineligible p
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people can be let through - The subsistence allowance does not usually cover
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Who is disqualified?

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Who can make an application for excusal or deferral?

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What is Jury Vetting

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