Solicitor general to appeal over case of climate activist who held sign on jurors’ rights – The Guardian

Posted May 16th, 2024 in appeals, climate change, contempt of court, juries, news by sally

‘The government’s most senior law officer is to appeal against a decision not to allow a contempt of court action against climate campaigner Trudi Warner for holding a placard on the rights of jurors outside a British court, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 15th May 2024

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Juror who researched law on child neglect gets suspended sentence – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A juror who researched the law on child neglect to hold her own amid “personality clashes” in the jury room has been spared prison.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 10th May 2024

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End majority jury verdicts to prevent more justice ‘horror’, says Malkinson – The Guardian

‘Andrew Malkinson says he could have been spared “20 years of darkness and despair” if the jury system had not been changed to allow majority verdicts.’

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The Guardian, 9th May 2024

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Majority verdicts facilitated 56 miscarriages of justice in England and Wales, charity says – The Guardian

Posted May 7th, 2024 in juries, miscarriage of justice, news by tracey

‘At least 56 miscarriages of justice have occurred in cases in England and Wales where the jury was split, according to a charity, which says jury unanimity should be reintroduced to safeguard against wrongful criminal convictions.’

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The Guardian, 7th May 2024

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Jurors behaving badly – Mountford Chambers

Posted May 3rd, 2024 in chambers articles, criminal justice, evidence, juries, news by sally

‘A group of campaigners recently called for the suspension of a circuit judge in a letter to the Lady Chief Justice. The letter alleged that the Judge had warned the Jury they could face criminal prosecution for returning a verdict based on their conscience and not the evidence. Charles Hannaford explores the current legislation governing jurors conduct in England and Wales.’

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Mountford Chambers, 24th April 2024

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Schrodinger’s Verdict – 25 Bedford Row

Posted April 24th, 2024 in chambers articles, homicide, judicial review, juries, murder, news by sally

‘When can a jury be agreed and, at the same time, hung? This intriguing question is posed (and answered) by R (Yusuff) [2024] EWHC 692.’

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25 Bedford Row, 28th March 2024

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Killer nurse Lucy Letby in final bid to appeal convictions – The Independent

Posted February 23rd, 2024 in appeals, attempted murder, children, imprisonment, juries, murder, news, nurses, retrials by michael

‘Lawyers for Letby will ask senior judges for permission to bring an appeal against all her convictions at the hearing in London provisionally listed for April 25, a judiciary spokeswoman confirmed on Friday [23rd February]’

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The Independent, 23rd February 2024

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Removing UK climate protesters’ defence ‘could erode right to trial by jury’ – The Guardian

‘A UK government attempt to remove one of the last remaining defences for climate protesters would be a slippery slope to the erosion of the constitutional right to trial by jury, the court of appeal was told on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2024

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UN expert condemns UK crackdown on environmental protest – The Guardian

‘A severe crackdown on environmental protest in Britain with “draconian” new laws, excessive restrictions on courtroom evidence and the use of civil injunctions is having a chilling impact on fundamental freedoms, the United Nations special rapporteur has said.’

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2024

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Majority verdicts in England and Wales brought in ‘partly for racial and class reasons’ – The Guardian

Posted January 24th, 2024 in bias, charities, criminal justice, equality, juries, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

‘The introduction of majority verdicts in criminal trials in England and Wales was partly motivated by a desire to dilute the influence of minority ethnic people and the labouring classes serving on juries, according to research.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2024

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Trudi Warner reveals the dark secret of English courts: juries do have the right to follow their consciences – The Guardian

Posted September 27th, 2023 in climate change, criminal justice, demonstrations, freedom of expression, juries, news by sally

‘The solicitor general taking action against a climate protester who held up a sign outside court raises a vital issue for criminal justice.’

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The Guardian, 27th September 2023

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Fears over right to protest after woman with sign at climate trial prosecuted – The Guardian

‘Civil liberty campaigners have warned that the prosecution of a woman for holding up a placard about the rights of jurors outside a court is part of the government’s increasing attacks on the right to protest.’

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The Guardian, 19th September 2023

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Sexual assault trial in Sheffield collapses after juror falls asleep – The Guardian

Posted August 22nd, 2023 in assault, evidence, juries, news, sexual offences by sally

‘A sexual assault trial in Sheffield has collapsed after a member of the jury fell asleep and missed “important evidence”, it has been reported.’

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The Guardian, 21st August 2023

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Contempt threat against climate activist may undermine trial by jury, lawyers say – The Guardian

‘Leading lawyers have accused the government of undermining trial by jury after a climate activist was told she faces contempt proceedings over holding a sign outside court.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2023

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Kevin Spacey cleared of sexually assaulting four men – The Guardian

Posted July 27th, 2023 in assault, juries, news, sexual offences by sally

‘Kevin Spacey wept and said he was humbled after being cleared of sexual assault in one of the UK’s most high-profile #MeToo trials.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2023

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Jury discharged in trial of UK asylum seeker facing manslaughter charges – The Guardian

Posted July 27th, 2023 in asylum, homicide, juries, news by sally

‘The jury in the trial of an asylum seeker accused of manslaughter over the deaths of four people who were in a small boat with him during his journey across the Channel has been discharged.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2023

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The Reality Of Rape Trials Is Grim For Survivors – The System Must Change – Each Other

Posted June 27th, 2023 in Crown Prosecution Service, evidence, juries, news, rape, victims, witnesses by sally

‘On Monday 19 June, the Ministry of Justice announced that it will be focusing on building trust between rape victims and the system – in order to reduce dropout rates before a trial.’

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Each Other, 23rd June 2023

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Could Juryless Trials Improve Rape Conviction Rates? – Each Other

Posted June 13th, 2023 in consultations, juries, Law Commission, news, rape, trial without jury by sally

‘The Law Commission of England and Wales is considering whether juryless trials could help improve rape conviction rates. All rape and attempted rape trials in England and Wales are currently held before a jury of 12 people, who listen to the evidence and decide unanimously whether the accused is innocent or guilty.’

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Each Other, 12th June 2023

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Juror jailed for causing rape trial to collapse by researching defendant online – The Guardian

Posted May 26th, 2023 in imprisonment, internet, juries, news, rape, sentencing, trials by tracey

‘An “unashamed and unrepentant” juror who spent two decades in the police has been jailed for six months after causing a rape trial to collapse by researching the defendant online.’

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The Guardian, 25th May 2023

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Use of non-jury trial system to continue in NI – BBC News

Posted April 26th, 2023 in consultations, juries, news, Northern Ireland, terrorism, trial without jury, trials by sally

‘Non-jury trials will continue to be used in Northern Ireland, with the secretary of state saying the move is “regrettable” but necessary due to the security situation.’

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BBC News, 25th April 2023

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