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Strength of the Jury System

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´╗┐Jury strengths Jury refers to the presence of 12 persons, randomly selected into the trial procedure to be arbiters of the fact, strengthens the legal system. The role of juries are to decide on matters of fact whereas judges decide on the matters on law. In Criminal Cases, the judge would decide on the verdict, whereas juries would decide on the sentence. In Civil cases, judge would decide on the sentence and juries would decide on the amount of damages. As they do not have legal knowledge a judge would assist them and direct them. Juries are not used in complex cases or where there is a risk of jury tempering, this is stated in the Criminal Justice Act 2003. ...read more.


This allows them to come from a wide representative of the society, as opposed to the judges who comes from the upper classes. Thus verdicts can be said to be of the society rather than the judicial system as allows ordinary citizens to take part in the administration of justice. Jurors decision are independent of anyone else. Judges cannot refuse to accept jury decisions even if it is against their direction. This flexibility allows juror to make decision based on their conscience hence they can bring in decision that genuine justice deserves. In Pontings Case, the defendant had leaked information that violated the Official Secrets Act. ...read more.


The jury was released on Habeas Corpus and it was held that the judge must accept jury verdict once it is given. This promotes the independence of the jury in making decisions. Secrecy of the jury which forbids the jury from revealing anything said or done during their deliberations as it allows jury to bring in unpopular verdicts, promotes freedom of expression and strengthens juror role in coming to a fair decision as they do not fear to be harassed by the public Secrecy of the jury forbids the jury from disclosing what happened during their deliberations. This allows jury to bring in unpopular verdicts, promotes freedom of expression and strengthens jurors role to come to a decision that is fair and sentiment as they do not always fear to be harrassed by the public. ...read more.

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