Hillsborough disaster: David Duckenfield’s trial due to begin – BBC News

‘The manslaughter trial of the police officer in command during the Hillsborough disaster will begin later.’

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BBC News, 14th January 2018

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Two Tesco directors cleared of fraud as judge labels case ‘weak’ – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2018 in fraud, judges, juries, news, Serious Fraud Office by tracey

‘Two former Tesco executives accused of masterminding a fraud that triggered the biggest financial crisis in the supermarket chain’s 100-year history have been cleared after the judge threw out the case stating the prosecution case was “so weak” it should not be before a jury.’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2018

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Scrapping juries in rape trials risks rise in miscarriages of justice – The Guardian

‘There is no evidence juries are failing their duty. Abolishing them could increase pressure on judges to boost conviction rates.’

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2018

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Scrap juries in rape trials, labour MP suggests – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2018 in criminal justice, inquiries, juries, news, rape, statistics, trials, victims by tracey

‘Juries may need to be scrapped in rape trials because of the dominance of rape myths in society and “shockingly low” charging and conviction rates, the House of Commons will hear.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2018

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Jury fails to come to decision in case of teacher who allegedly had sex with pupil in aeroplane toilet – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 11th, 2018 in juries, news, retrials, sexual grooming, sexual offences, teachers, trials by sally

‘A jury has been discharged in the case of a teacher accused of having sex with a student in the toilet of a plane as they returned from a school trip after they failed to reach a verdict.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th October 2018

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Jury fails to reach verdict in Buckingham Palace terror trial – BBC News

Posted July 2nd, 2018 in juries, news, offensive weapons, terrorism by sally

‘A jury has been dismissed in the trial of an Uber driver accused of planning a sword attack at Buckingham Palace, after it failed to reach a verdict.’

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BBC News, 29th June 2018

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Here’s another Jeremy Thorpe scandal – its chilling legacy in law – Geoffrey Robertson – The Guardian

‘I defended the New Statesman during the legal fallout of the 1970s scandal. But ultimately a veil of secrecy was drawn over the British jury system.’

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The Guardian, 2nd June 2018

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Contempt of court – what does it mean? – BBC News

Posted May 31st, 2018 in contempt of court, fines, internet, juries, media, news, photography, sentencing by sally

‘Tommy Robinson has been jailed for being in “contempt of court”. What does that mean? And who else has been found “in contempt”?’

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BBC News, 30th May 2018

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Juror jailed for taking bribe during £7m cocaine dealing trial – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 20th, 2018 in bribery, juries, news, Scotland, sentencing by sally

‘A juror has been jailed for six years after accepting a bribe during a £7 million cocaine dealing trial, which saw the defendants walk free.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th April 2018

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Collapsed rape trials could hamper convictions, says Lord Judge – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in evidence, judges, juries, news, rape, trials by sally

‘The collapse of a series of prominent rape trials could deter juries from convicting in genuine cases, a former lord chief justice has warned.’

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BBC News, 20th January 2018

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Smartphones hampering jury trials, appeal judge warns – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 29th, 2017 in internet, judges, juries, jury directions, news, telecommunications by sally

‘Smartphones and social media are causing headaches for judges, a Court of Appeal judge has warned in a speech highlighting current challenges faced in jury trials.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 27th November 2017

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Parachute trial judge warns jurors about bullying – The Guardian

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in bullying, juries, news by sally

‘The judge in the trial of an army sergeant accused of attempting to murder his wife by tampering with her parachute has told the jury to ensure there is no bullying between them, as he discharged two members on the grounds of ill health.’

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2017

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Policeman jailed for selling crash data to claims firm – which were sold on to law firms – Legal Futures

‘Two married constables working for Lancashire Police were sentenced last month for stealing police data about car crashes and selling it to claims firms for £363,000.’

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Legal Futures, 8th November 2017

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Can Social Media Damage Your Right to a Fair Trial? – RightsInfo

Posted October 18th, 2017 in anonymity, contempt of court, human rights, internet, juries, news by sally

‘An impartial jury is an essential part of our right to a fair trial, and the people may only consider evidence which has been lawfully presented in the courtroom.’

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RightsInfo, 18th October 2017

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‘Trial by social media’ to be examined as Attorney General says justice must join the ‘modern world’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 15th, 2017 in contempt of court, internet, juries, news by tracey

‘The justice system must “catch up with the modern world”, the Attorney General has said, as he signalled that contempt of court laws could change to cope with the social media age.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th September 2017

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Rape juries to hear more about men’s sexual history to increase chance of conviction – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 9th, 2017 in evidence, juries, news, prosecutions, rape by sally

‘Jurors in rape trials will be told more about the previous sexual behaviour of male defendants in a bid to increase the chances of conviction.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th August 2017

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Rolf Harris trial: Jury discharged as no verdicts reached – BBC News

Posted May 31st, 2017 in juries, news, sexual offences, trials, verdicts by sally

‘Former entertainer Rolf Harris has been cleared of four sex assault charges after a jury could not reach verdicts.’

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BBC News, 30th May 2017

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35th Blackstone Lecture by Lady Justice Hallett: Trial by Jury – Past and Present – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘It is a pleasure to have been asked to give this year’s Blackstone lecture. Lord Devlin at the outset of his Hamlyn Lectures in 1956 observed: that trial by jury was a subject on which it was not possible to ‘say anything very novel or very profound’. If not a subject suitable for original comment, why did I choose it?’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 22nd May 2017

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Judge tells jury to ‘man up and reach a verdict’ after being sent note during deliberations – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 10th, 2017 in delay, judges, juries, news by sally

‘A judge told a jury to “man up and reach a verdict” and then had to discharge them anyway.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th March 2017

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Judge convicts Leeds ‘cash for crash’ killers – BBC News

Posted March 1st, 2017 in conspiracy, fraud, homicide, insurance, juries, news, road traffic by sally

‘Three men involved in a “cash for crash” scam which killed an 88-year-old woman in Leeds have been convicted.’

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BBC News, 27th February 2017

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