• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

This assignment focuses on how a jury is selected and its role in a criminal trial. The advantages and disadvantages of using a jury to decide the outcome of a criminal case will also be considered.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

This assignment focuses on how a jury is selected and its role in a criminal trial. The advantages and disadvantages of using a jury to decide the outcome of a criminal case will also be considered. A Jury is chosen at random, by a computer using names on the electoral roll. The jury is made up of 12 people from all walks of life who have no legal qualifications, jurors play a vital part in the legal system. To qualify for jury service you must be between the ages of 18-70 years old, though if you are between the ages of 65-70 years old then you can refuse. Potential jurors must also have been resident for 5 years in the UK by the time they reach 18 years of age. ...read more.

Middle

It is the right of the jury to judge what the facts are, what the law is and establish what was the moral intent of the accused. The jury listen to the entire hearing and are allowed to take notes or ask to have certain things clarified if there is anything they aren't sure of, as it is extremely important that they have understood what has been said so that they can later reach a fair verdict. After the closing speech the judge will: * Sum up the facts of the trial. * Tell jurors about the particular law which applies to the case in question. * Ask the jury to choose a foreman/woman. All the jury must agree on a verdict, if this is not possible then the judge will take a majority verdict. ...read more.

Conclusion

If the press are reporting about the case then they may mention about previous offences that the defendant has committed which may influence the decision of some of the jury. Some jury members may have also signed deals worth a lot of money with certain tabloids so that they can sell their story, and tell about parts of the trial which weren't made public, this may influence the decision they reach at the end of the trial, deciding on a certain verdict may make their deal with the tabloids more profitable. Jury service may also be very stressful on certain individuals. Another disadvantage of trial by jury is that nobody knows how the jury came to their decision, its something that is known only to the fellow jury members. Some jury members may also have strong opinions which influence the other jury members. Jury service is valuable to our country but it also comes with many advantages and disadvantages. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Law section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Law essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    In order to decide whether or not trial by jury should or should not ...

    4 star(s)

    The second reason for under representation of certain sections of the population is the number of people that seek to be excused or simply don't turn up for jury service. About a quarter of a million people are summoned for jury service every year.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    "What are the advantages and disadvantages of electing for a Summary trial as opposed ...

    4 star(s)

    Magistrates Courts are faster in finishing cases as opposed to Crown Courts, which may take up to several months and this is an advantage electing for a summary trail as it often avoids long periods on bail or in remand.

  1. Criminal Law (Offences against the person) - revision notes

    - Same as other Humphreys case. She leaves home very young - prostitute at 16 and living with her pimp at 17 He suggests to men pub to come back for group sex with her.

  2. Describe the system of trial by jury within the English legal system.

    Selection and qualification for jury service. Jurors are selected from the electoral roll, the list of people who are entitled to vote. Twelve people are needed for each jury, but a larger number of people are called to ensure that there is a full jury in each court.

  1. Describe the main differences between solicitors and barristers with regard to training and work ...

    There is a certain rule which barristers have to work to when taking cases. This is called the cab rank rule. The cab rank rule states that barristers are obliged to accept any cases that come in to their field of work which he practises and to take them in

  2. Pre Trial Procedure in Criminal Cases

    * Any decision can be changed at any point. Statistics show that most prosecuted people are summonsed to court rather than charged. Bail is irrelevant as people are automatically at liberty. 9.2.2 The Bail Act 1976 For indictable offences a summons is less common. A person issued a summons is free until they turn up at court.

  1. "The function of the judiciary within the constitution of the United Kingdom is to ...

    the courts are concerned to maintain rigorous standards of procedural property in a way that will allow the clearly guilty to go free.11 Unmet demands that the courts should protect human rights in spite of legislative inertia have frequently meant that the courts have been (unfairly perhaps)

  2. The Age Of Criminal Responsibility

    gain a good base of information from which I can then progress onto some other, more recognised credible sources. Most of the time you can find the more credible sites in the references section of the Wikipedia page. Calls to raise the age of criminal responsibility rejected (BBC NEWS)

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work