Jury or juries

Juries are seen as playing an important role in our legal system.

Juries are seen as playing an important role in our legal system. A jury consists of twelve persons randomly selected from the Electoral Register.  They should have no connection with the subject matter and should not be related to any persons involved in the case. Members of a jury need not have a legal or any other qualification. The role of a jury is to listen to the facts of the case and to give a fair verdict. They must weigh up the evidence and decide what actually happened, they will be guided by the judge regarding the relevant law but the jury must reach its own decision. The jury does not have to give a reason for its decision.

Juries have been used as part of our legal system for more than one thousand years but it was not until trial by ordeal was done away with in 1215 that they became an integral part of our criminal justice system.  In the same year Magna Carta also formally acknowledged the principle of an individual’s right to trial by their peers.

In criminal cases juries are used in trials in the Crown Court. 

Juries have a more limited role in civil cases.  It is probably fair to say that it is only in exceptional cases that a jury is used in civil cases.

The jury sits mainly in the High Court and County Court, these two courts being courts of first instance.  Juries also participate in Coroners Courts when inquests are held.

For more information visit Jury service.



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