The Jury Is an Outmoded Institution and Ought to Be Discarded. Discuss

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There is a great importance of jury system in UK’s jurisdiction. It has been a feature of English law since twelfth century. Originally it was not a part of the English law but it was imported by Normans in 1066. Now over 800 years have passed since we have had the jury system in England. The jury is surely the best instrument for determining the primary facts of a case and so far giving the judgments. It is difficult and fallible for one person to determine whether the person is telling truth or not, that’s why the jury trial is taken into account which is basically the final verdict arriving at after many justifications through 12 lay men of the society. Lord Judge CJ has said that: “In this country, trial by jury is a hallowed principle of the administration of criminal justice. It is properly described as a right. It is so deeply entrenched in our constitution that, unless express statutory language indicates otherwise, the highest possible forensic standard of proof is required to be established before the right is removed. That is criminal standard.” Lord Devlin justified the jury trial in his Hamlyn Lectures on the jury system as he regarded “The best blend of logic and common sense” as being in the verdict of 12 jurors. The decision often has to be judged from the witness’s demeanor and his way of giving evidence.” Normally a jury consists of 12 people. The Members of the jury are known as jurors. The jury is the panel of lay people, a cross section of society, selected at random. For a person to be part of a jury he/she must be 18 years old or below 70 years, must be registered on the electoral register and that person must have resided in England since the age of 13. Until the Criminal Justice Act 2003, five types of people were ineligible to sit in a jury panel which included judges because it was thought that they would influence the
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