Archive for the 'juries' Category

‘Facebook juror’ in contempt case – BBC News

“Contempt proceedings are to begin against a juror who allegedly contacted a defendant through Facebook during a drugs trial, causing it to collapse.”

Full story

BBC News, 20th April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Murder convictions appeal over ‘prison guard juror’ – BBC News

“The murder convictions of two Nottingham men could be unsafe because one of the jurors was a prison officer, the Criminal Appeal Court has heard.”

Full story

BBC News, 9th April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Man cleared over Northampton court jury summons error – BBC News

“A man given a criminal record and a £500 fine for failing to respond to a jury summons sent to the wrong address has been cleared by an appeal judge.”

Full story

BBC News, 4th April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

The Twitter era of court reporting is here, despite the risk of prejudice – The Guardian

“Is there a legitimate demand for the use of live, text-based communications from the courtroom? That’s one of the questions that the Judicial Office for England and Wales is asking in a new consultation paper.”

Full story

The Guardian, 9th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina v Twomey and others (No 2) – WLR Daily

Regina v Twomey and others (No 2) [2011] EWCA Crim 8; [2011] WLR (D) 10

“The question whether a trial should proceed as a trial by judge and jury or trial by judge alone was concerned exclusively with the mode of trial, and the process of deciding whether the guilt of the defendant was established was entirely distinct from the question of how the tribunal responsible for making that decision was constituted.”

WLR Daily, 21st January 2011

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Mangrove Nine: the court challenge against police racism in Notting Hill – The Guardian

“Forty years ago this week, a trial started which exposed heavy-handed police tactics in Notting Hill and changed racial justice in the UK forever.”

Full story

The Guardian, 29th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Why Lord Justice Moses should watch 12 Angry Men – The Guardian

“The judge’s proposals on criminal trials are a dangerous attack on the jury system. I hope he won’t prevail.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Annual Law Reform Lecture: Summing Down the Summing-Up – Speech by Lord Justice Moses

“Annual Law Reform Lecture: Summing Down the Summing-Up – Speech by Lord Justice Moses, 23rd November 2010.”

Full speech

Judiciary of England and Wales, 23rd November 2010

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Ricin trial illustrates the importance of juries – The Guardian

“It is five years since the jurors filed back into the Old Bailey to give their verdict in what has become known as the ‘ricin plot’ trial. After a six-month trial, 17 days of deliberations, and an estimated £20m of taxpayers’ money, four defendants were acquitted and the fifth was found guilty of the lesser charge of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance.”

Full story

The Guardian, 13th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judges are resigned to jurors researching their trials online – The Guardian

“Judges are ‘giving up’ trying to stop juries using Google, Facebook and Twitter to access potentially false and prejudicial information about defendants, Sir Ken Macdonald, the former director of public prosecutions, has warned.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Footballer told he is not famous enough to avoid jury service – Daily Telegraph

“As a former Welsh international and captain of League One side Plymouth Argyle, professional footballer Carl Fletcher obviously felt he had joined the ranks of the celebrity VIP. So when he was called to perform jury service he fully expected to be afforded star treatment and excused from sitting. But when he tried to explain to a judge why it was inappropriate for him to be called, he was informed in no uncertain terms that he simply was not famous enough to get special dispensation.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 30th September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Why are over-70s banned from jury duty? – BBC News

“It has been decreed that the ban on over-70s doing jury duty will remain. But many older people would welcome the opportunity.”

Full story

BBC News, 10th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Letting over-70s serve on juries ‘would disrupt criminal trials’ – Daily Telegraph

“The Council of Circuit Judges, which represents more than 600 judges in England and Wales, said it had come to the ‘firm conclusion that there is no compelling case to alter the status quo’.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 10th August 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Lord chief justice defends trial by jury – Law Society’s Gazette

“The lord chief justice emphasised the importance of trial by jury last week as the Court of Appeal overturned two High Court decisions that trials could proceed without a jury.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 29th July 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Responses to Ministry of Justice consultation – Upper age limit for jury service – Judiciary of England and Wales

“Responses to Ministry of Justice consultation.”

Full responses

Judiciary of England of Wales, 21st July 2010

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Regina v Thompson, Regina v Crawford, Regina v Gomulu, Regina v Allen, Regina v Blake, Regina v Kasunga – WLR Daily

Regina v Thompson, Regina v Crawford, Regina v Gomulu, Regina v Allen, Regina v Blake, Regina v Kasunga; [2010] EWCA Crim 1623; [2010] WLR (D) 183

“The collective responsibility of the jury was not confined to the verdict. It began as soon as the members of the jury had been sworn. From that moment onwards, there was a collective responsibility for ensuring that the conduct of each member was consistent with the jury oath and that the directions of the trial judge about the discharge of their responsibilities were followed.”

WLR Daily, 15th July 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Teen’s texted gossip to other juror jeopardised two trials – The Guardian

“A teenager was told by a judge today that she had ‘let down her generation’ by jeopardising two trials after sending text messages to another jury member while on jury service.”

Full story

The Guardian, 13h July 2010

www.guardian.co.uk

Fiddes v Channel Four Television Corporation and others – WLR Daily

Fiddes v Channel Four Television Corporation and others [2010] EWCA Civ 730; [2010] WLR (D) 163

“Observations on the applicable principles as to whether there should be a trial by jury or trial by judge alone in a libel action were made by the Court of Appeal.”

WLR Daily, 30th June 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Consultation launched on upper age limit for jury service – Ministry of Justice

“The government today launched a consultation on raising the upper age limit for jury service in England and Wales.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 16th March 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Criminals escaping justice due to CPS flaws, says judge – Daily Telegraph

“Criminals are escaping justice because of a lack of organisation within the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), a judge said.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 10th March 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Most jurors do not understand judge’s legal advice, says report – The Guardian

“Two out of three jurors do not fully understand the legal directions given to them by judges when they retire to consider their verdicts, according to a report for the Ministry of Justice.”

Full story

The Guardian, 17th February 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ground-breaking research finds juries are fair and effective – Ministry of Justice

“Juries in England and Wales have been found to be fair, effective and efficient by the most in-depth study into the issue ever undertaken in this country, published today.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 17th February 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

R v Carter (David) – WLR Daily

R v Carter (David) [2010] WLR (D) 29

“Where a member of the jury had to be discharged, at whatever stage of the trial, there was no requirement that the remaining members of the jury be directed to ignore the views expressed on any subject by the departed juror.”

WLR Daily, 10th February 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Is the internet destroying juries? – The Guardian

“Juries are a fundamental pillar of our justice system. But many believe that jurors are now routinely accessing and distributing so much prejudicial information online, that the very integrity of the system is in danger.”

Full story

The Guardian, 26th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Call to lift ban on jury service for people with mental illness – The Guardian

“Ministers are facing demands to scrap an ‘unfair and discriminatory’ law that bans thousands from being jurors because they have suffered from mental ill-health.”

Full story

The Guardian, 10th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Heathrow robbery trial breaks with 400-year tradition of trial by jury – The Guardian

“The first criminal trial without a jury to take place in England and Wales in more than 400 years begins on Tuesday after lawyers’ legal challenges were exhausted.”

Full story

The Guardian, 10th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Internet hate campaign that made a mockery of the High Court – The Independent

“Foremost among the grounds of appeal being sketched out by lawyers representing the killers of Baby Peter will be the claim that prejudicial coverage on the internet denied their clients a fair trial.”

Full story

The Independent, 11th August 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Online ‘confessions’ of dishonesty reveal what sways a jury’s verdict – The Guardian

“Academics have set up an online ‘Honesty Lab’ to discover where people draw the line between bending the rules and outright dishonesty. The results will be used to help judges direct juries.”

Full story

The Guardian, 19th July 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina v Twomey (John); Regina v Blake (Peter); Regina v Cameron (Glen); Regina v Hibberd (Barry) – Times Law Reports

Regina v Twomey (John); Regina v Blake (Peter); Regina v Cameron (Glen); Regina v Hibberd (Barry)

Court of Appeal

“A defendant’s right to a fair trial was not prejudiced by holding a criminal trial without a jury, where the danger of jury tampering was very significant and was not sufficiently addressed by proposed protective measures.”

The Times, 25th June 2009

Source; www.timesonline.co.uk

R v T; R v B; R v C; R v H – WLR Daily

R v T; R v B; R v C; R v H [2009] EWCA Crim 1035; [2009] WLR (D) 19

“A criminal trial without a jury did not contravene a defendant’s right to a fair trial where there was a real danger of jury tampering and proposed measures to prevent such interference did not sufficiently address the extent of the risk. On an application by the prosecution for a trial to be conducted without a jury in such circumstances the evidence should be disclosed to the fullest extent possible, but there would be cases where the evidence to demonstrate the risk of jury tampering would be so sensitive that it could only be addressed under public immunity interest principles and it would be contrary to the legislative purpose to make an order for disclosure which would, in effect, bring the prosecution to an end and enable those who had been involved in jury tampering to derail the trial.”

WLR Daily, 19th June 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Court official fixed jury selection – Daily Telegraph

“A court official fixed the selection of jurors to allow her neighbours to sit on the panel and claim £8,000 in expenses.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 18th June 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Commentary: a long history of jury ‘nobbling’ – The Times

“Jury intimidation or ‘nobbling’ is not new; it has been going on for centuries. It was a series of attempts to intimidate jurors that led to the introduction of majority verdicts in the Criminal Justice Act 1967, so that there could be a conviction even if one or two jurors disagreed.”

Full story

The Times, 19th June 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

First trial without jury approved – BBC News

“The Court of Appeal has ruled that a criminal trial can take place in front of a judge without a jury for the first time in England and Wales.”

Full story

BBC News, 18th June 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Beware rape myths, judges to tell jurors – The Times

“Juries are to be instructed to ignore myths surrounding rape in an attempt to raise Britain’s low conviction rate for the crime. Under new directions to be given by judges in rape cases, jurors will be told not to assume the victim was ‘asking for it’ because of the way she dressed, her behaviour or her demeanour.”

Full story

The Times, 15th June 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Statement on amendments to the Coroners and Justice Bill – Ministry of Justice

“Jack Straw has made a written ministerial statement concerning amendments to the Coroners and Justice Bill.”

Full statement

Ministry of Justice, 15th May 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Jury foreman Michael Seckerson guilty of contempt over manslaughter case – The Times

“A jury foreman and the publishers of The Times were found guilty of contempt of court yesterday for reporting how the jurors in a manslaughter trial reached their verdict.”

Full story

The Times, 13th May 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Juror ‘committed sex crime during break for lunch’ – The Independent

“A juror sitting on a sexual assault case went out during his lunch break and committed a sex crime himself, a court heard.”

Full story

The Independent, 23rd April 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Times is accused of revealing jury room secrets – The Times

“The Attorney-General began legal proceedings against The Times yesterday, alleging that the newspaper was in contempt of court for reporting how a jury had reached its verdict.”

Full story

The Times, 9th April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Retrial ordered for crash couple – BBC News

“A judge has ordered a retrial in a case of causing death by dangerous driving after a juror was overheard making comments judged to be biased.”

Full story

BBC News, 27th March 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Jurors suffer trauma in gruesome cases, scientists warn – Daily Telegraph

“Jurors should be screened before sitting on trials involving harrowing or gruesome evidence to cut the risk to them being traumatised, medical experts have warned.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 19th March 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Government strengthens plans for non-jury inquests – Ministry of Justice

“Strengthened proposals for non-jury inquests that allow for more judicial involvement and discretion were announced today by the government.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 18th March 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Public opinion and the jury: an international literature review – Ministry of Justice

“Despite substantial literature on the legal institution of the jury, and on the experiences of jurors, less is known about public attitudes to juries. This report sought to help address this knowledge gap, drawing together findings from the small number of surveys that have asked questions on this subject. The report indicates high levels of confidence in the jury amongst the general public.”

Full report (PDF)

Ministry of Justice, 25th February 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Inquests without a jury: the Government needs to think again – The Times

“The Coroners and Justice Bill, which had its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday, allows the Secretary of State for Justice to specify that an inquest should take place without a jury to prevent ‘harm to the public interest’. The Government has failed to justify such a broad discretion to remove an important safeguard against abuse of power.”

Full story

The Times, 29th January 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Juror faces action over comments – BBC News

“Permission has been granted to launch contempt of court proceedings against a newspaper publisher and a jury foreman who told ‘secrets of the jury room’.”

Full story

BBC News, 20th January 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Jury discharged in £53m Tonbridge depot robbery trial – The Guardian

“Retrial date to be set after jury trying man allegedly ‘at heart’ of Britain’s biggest cash robbery fails to reach verdict.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th January 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Juror escapes prosecution for posting court trial details on Facebook – Daily Telegraph

“A juror who faced jail after posting details of a trial on Facebook is to escape court action.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 16th December 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

De Menezes coroner invites majority verdict – The Guardian

“The coroner in the inquest into the death of Jean Charles de Menezes today told the jury he would accept a majority verdict.”

Full story

The Guardian, 9th December 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina v Doody – Times Law Reports

Regina v Doody

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“Where a defendant raised delay to undermine the credibility of a complainant in a rape case, an appropriate warning to the jury was necessary to ensure fairness to the complainant. ”

The Times, 26th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Juror dismissed from a trial after using Facebook to help make a decision – Daily Telegraph

“A juror has been dismissed from a trial after asking friends on Facebook to help make a decision.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 24th November 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Women jurors think rape victims were ‘asking for it’, says Dame Helen Mirren – Daily Telegraph

“Women jurors are more likely to clear rape defendants because they believe the alleged victim is likely to have been ‘asking for it’, Dame Helen Mirren has claimed.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 16th November 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina v Stringfellow – Times Law Reports

Regina v Stringfellow

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“Where the clerk of a crown court went wrong when he was taking the vote of the jury, it was better for counsel to interrupt and ask the clerk to start again, to avoid unnecessary excursions to the Court of Appeal.”

The Times, 14th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Lord Chief Justice: internet generation could be unsuitable as jurors – The Times

“The internet generation is not used to listening for long periods and so could be unsuitable as jurors, the Lord Chief Justice has said.”

Full story

The Times, 6th November 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Press Release: Solicitor General welcomes Court of Appeal Rape Judgment in R v Doody – Attorney General’s Office

” Solicitor General welcomes Court of Appeal Rape Judgment in R v Doody.”

Full press release

Attorney General’s Office, 24th October 2008

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Regina v B and Others – Times Law Reports

Regina v B and Others

Court of Appeal

“Where one of several defendants in the same criminal proceedings became mentally unfit to stand trial before a jury had been empanelled, there was nothing in principle to prevent the jury subsequently hearing the trial of all the defendants, although in the case of the unfit defendant the jury would now be looking only to whether he had committed the actus reus of the relevant offence.”

The Times, 8th October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Police jurors are a threat to fair trials, senior judges warn – The Independent

“Police officers should not be allowed to sit on juries because of the danger they pose to the fairness of trials, senior members of the judiciary say.”

Full story

The Independent, 17th September 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk


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