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The Jury System. By people substituting for lazy Mr. Verdon. Reasons For. Accepted by society Used by most developed Western countries Historically successful and generally well-received Accused is judged by peers Allows public to play a role in criminal justice process

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The jury system

The Jury System

By people substituting for lazy Mr. Verdon


Reasons for

Reasons For

  • Accepted by society

  • Used by most developed Western countries

  • Historically successful and generally well-received

  • Accused is judged by peers

  • Allows public to play a role in criminal justice process

  • Group of jurors negates individual prejudice – system relies on balance of opinion

  • Responsibility for decision is spread across twelve jurors

  • Jury usually represents a cross-section of society (provides a range of perceptions, recollections and analyses

  • System acts a safety net against corrupt and oppressive conduct by the state and/or police force


Reasons against

Reasons Against

  • Jury trials are time consuming and costly, and create delays in the criminal justice system

  • Unanimous verdicts are difficult to arrive at

  • Difficult cases are hard for the jury to follow

  • Rules of evidence are difficult to follow

  • Jury is not accountable and does not have to provide reasons for its decision

  • The media can affect a juror’s view of the trial

  • Jury may not be objective

  • Juries may not represent a true cross-section of society

  • The jury system favours the accused

  • Jury duty can affect jurors adversely


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