The use of the Jury system has declined over the past century.Has the time now come to abolish it completely? Critically evaluate the Jury in the English Legal System.

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The use of the Jury system has declined over the past century.

Has the time now come to abolish it completely?

Critically evaluate the Jury in the English Legal System.

Juries have been used in the English Legal System for over 1000 years.  They were originally used to provide local knowledge, information and were commonly used as witnesses for the cases.  It was during the 15th century that the role of the jury started to change and become more independent assessors, the way that we see them today.  The use of juries has declined over the past century, as they are only used in serious criminal cases and very rarely in civil cases.  Juries are only needed for trials in the crown court; they are used to decide whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty.  Jury trials account for less than 1% of all criminal trials because 97% are dealt with in the magistrates’ court and two out of every three that do make it to the crown court will plead guilty.

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Many people have their own opinions on the jury service, some believe that the jury is a good thing and that it should continue in the English Legal system, whereas others think that the idea is old-fashioned and it is time to move on and abolish the jury altogether.  There are several arguments for both sides.  The jury system has a good track record for making reasonable decisions and the general public are usually keen to participate.  However, there has been arguments that because the jury are not required to give reasons for their decision, they may have not ...

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