Advantages of the jury system

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A jury is used in the Crown Court only when the Defendant pleads not guilty. The jury plays three roles in criminal cases which are :

Spilt Function:

In this the trial is overseen by the judge and the jury, there functions are divided as the judge looks over and decides the points of law and the jury

decides the fact.At the end the judge has the power to exonerate the defendant if its decided by him.This is generally called direct acquittal and is applied on 10 % of the cases.If the trial is to continue the judge may order the jury to consider the guilt and innocence of the defendant in a private room and make decision for athe accused in secret.The judge may or may not agree to the juries verdict but must accept it any way and juries do not  give any explainations for their decision.

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Majority Verdict:

Majority verdict has been brought to function since 1967.These are applied when afetr atleast two hours there is no verdict,the judge may call them back to a courtroom where there are 12 juries the verdict can be 10-2 or 11-1, if there are for any reason juries below 12 ,then only one  can disagree with the verdict.A jury cannot go below nine. This function is applied to lower the fear of jury 'nobbling',i. e juries may be sometimes bribed from the side of the victim to be proved not guilty,it was found that i the method including ...

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