High cost of protection is eroding legal bastion – The Times

Posted April 1st, 2010 in news by sally

“Jury-less criminal trials have sparked controversy in the legal profession, pitting prosecutors against defence lawyers. The Criminal Justice Act 2003, which made them possible, was introduced amid concerns over jury nobbling. David Blunkett, who was Home Secretary, said that in London alone £9 million was being spent every year on surveillance of jurors. People who tried to intimidate jurors did so for one reason, he said — ‘because they think that those in front of the judge and jury will be convicted’.”

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The Times, 1st April 2010

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk