Description of a jury trial in an english court, how effective they are and some criticisms.
What is a jury?
All cases of serious criminal offences are tried by a jury.
-A jury is a panel of 12 people who listen to the evidence presented in a court case and then give a verdict on the guilt or innocence of the person or persons on trial.
-The members of the jury are impartial, they don't know anyone in the trial and don't care about the result
-Their verdict is based solely on the evidence they have heard.
There are also a few civil (i.e. non-criminal) cases in which juries are involved, such as inquests and libel trials.
-In civil cases the jury is usually made up of eight people…
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