Trial and peerror

August 13, 2009 at 6:18 pm Leave a comment

It might seem an affront to justice for an advanced legal system to not use juries, but in fact, in most countries juries are usually only empanelled for serious cases such as robbery, murder, manslaughter, rape, terrorist acts and defamation.  This isn’t a blanket rule of course but I know that Commonwealth nations that still carry a strong resemblance of the British legal system run more cases before a single judge at first instance -then appeals to one or more judges – only use juries in those cases.

In recent news, Japan has taken a step back out to the lay world by reinstalling trial by jury. When you consider that Japanese prosecutions have a 99% success rate, this can only be a good thing to bring some balance back into the system. I’m a fan of having strong advocates on all sides of the law.

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