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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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