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

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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

Source: www.theguardian.com

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

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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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Judge in ‘crash for cash case’ dismisses jury and takes case on himself after jurors were offered bribes outside the courtroom – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in bribery, conspiracy, fraud, homicide, judges, juries, news, trials by sally

‘A judge used a rare legal power to dismiss a jury and take the case on himself after jurors said they were offered bribes outside the courtroom.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd February 2017

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Jury sworn in for inquest into man’s death after police restraint – The Guardian

Posted February 7th, 2017 in death in custody, inquests, juries, mental health, news, police by sally

‘A jury has been sworn in for an inquest into the death of Olaseni Lewis, six and a half years after he died following prolonged restraint by 11 police officers at a psychiatric hospital in south London.’

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The Guardian, 6th February 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Jury age limit to be raised to 75 in line with increased average life expectancy – The Independent

Posted November 14th, 2016 in elderly, juries, news by tracey

‘The upper age limit for jurors in England and Wales will be raised from 70 to 75, government ministers have announced.’

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The Independent, 13th November 2016

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Ched Evans jury warned not to research rape case – The Guardian

Posted October 5th, 2016 in juries, news, rape, retrials by sally

‘Jurors hearing the retrial of the international footballer Ched Evans on a charge of rape have been warned not to carry out their own research on the case.’

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The Guardian, 4th October 2016

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Jury service: what are your chances of being called up again and again? – The Guardian

Posted August 22nd, 2016 in budgets, complaints, delay, juries, news, statistics by sally

‘As a reader has been told he must serve as a juror for the fifth time. He’s happy to do so, but repeated summons anger others.’

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The Guardian, 20th August 2016

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Juries have no place at rape trials – victims deserve unprejudiced justice – The Guardian

Posted August 15th, 2016 in criminal justice, juries, media, news, rape, sexual offences, statistics, trials by sally

‘The myths surrounding rape in our society are deep-rooted, persuasive and perpetuated daily in the media. As a result, many offenders are walking free.’

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The Guardian, 12th August 2016

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Two jurors found guilty of contempt of court – Attorney General’s Office

Posted July 11th, 2016 in contempt of court, juries, news, sentencing by sally

‘Two jurors found guilty of contempt of court were sentenced to suspended prison terms after a hearing in the Royal Courts of Justice today.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 9th July 2016

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Two jurors given suspended sentences for contempt of court – BBC News

Posted June 10th, 2016 in contempt of court, juries, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by sally

‘A juror who caused a criminal trial to collapse at a cost of £80,000 has been been given a nine-month suspended sentence for contempt of court.’

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BBC News, 9th June 2016

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Judge orders court staff onto streets to find extra juror under ‘rarely used’ law so trial can start on time – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 7th, 2016 in juries, news, trials by tracey

‘A judge took the unusual step of ordering court staff to take to the streets and find extra jurors after they were left without enough to start a sex assault trial.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th June 2016

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Juries could enter virtual crime scenes following research – BBC News

Posted May 24th, 2016 in computer programs, criminal procedure, evidence, juries, news by sally

‘Virtual reality technology used in the gaming industry could be adapted to recreate crime scenes for juries, researchers have claimed.’

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BBC News, 24th May 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk