Four armed robbers found guilty in first trial without jury – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted April 1st, 2010 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, robbery, trial without jury by sally

“Portia Ragnauth, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Surrey Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) described the first trial without a jury in England and Wales as a ‘benchmark prosecution’ after four men were found guilty today over the 2004 armed robbery of the Menzies World Cargo depot at Heathrow Airport.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 31st March 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Armed raiders jailed after trial without jury – The Independent

Posted March 31st, 2010 in firearms, news, robbery, trial without jury by sally

“The leader of an armed robbery gang learned today that he was likely to die in jail after being convicted by a judge in an historic trial without a jury.”

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The Independent, 31st March 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Defendant in historic trial without jury goes on run from High Court – The Independent

Posted February 19th, 2010 in fugitive offenders, news, robbery, trial without jury by sally

“When the trial of a gang of suspected armed robbers started at the High Court last month it made legal history as the first British criminal case to take place without a jury in more than 400 years. Now the courtroom has lost another key feature: one of the defendants.”

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The Independent, 19th February 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

The Big Question: Do juryless trials risk obscuring the transparency of justice? – The Independent

Posted January 14th, 2010 in criminal justice, judges, news, trial without jury by sally

“Why are we asking this now?

This week Britain’s first crown court criminal trial to take place without a jury in more than 400 years started at the Royal Courts of Justice. The case, involving four men accused of a £1.75m armed robbery, is being heard by a judge, sitting alone, who will decide upon the men’s guilt or otherwise.”

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The Independent, 14th January 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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

Posted January 11th, 2010 in intimidation, juries, news, robbery, trial without jury by sally

“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.”

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The Guardian, 10th January 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

Posted June 25th, 2009 in human rights, intimidation, juries, law reports, trial without jury by sally

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.

First trial without jury approved – BBC News

Posted June 18th, 2009 in Crown Court, juries, news, robbery, trial without jury by sally

“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.”

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BBC News, 18th June 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Judge may sit alone in drugs case deemed too dangerous for a jury – The Times

Posted February 11th, 2008 in drug offences, intimidation, juries, news, trial without jury by sally

“Prosecutors plan to apply this week to hold a major criminal trial without a jury for the first time. The step is being taken because of concerns that jurors assigned to the case – which involves members of an organised criminal network – would be vulnerable to intimidation or bribery.”

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The Times, 11th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Ministers may force through act to curb jury fraud trials – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2007 in fraud, news, trial without jury by sally

“The government is poised to use the Parliament Act 1949 to force through a law allowing the most complex fraud cases to be tried without a jury.”

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The Guardian, 21st September 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk