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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice (4th edn)

Andrew Sanders, Richard Young, and Mandy Burton
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date: 29 March 2023

10. Trial by judge and jurylocked

10. Trial by judge and jurylocked

  • Andrew Sanders, Andrew SandersProfessor of Criminal Law and Criminology, University of Birmingham
  • Richard YoungRichard YoungProfessor of Law and Policy Research, University of Bristol
  •  and Mandy BurtonMandy BurtonProfessor of Socio-Legal Studies, University of Leicester


This chapter discusses the jury trial. It discusses the influence of the judge on the trial process and outcome; how jury composition affects perceptions of the fairness and legitimacy of jury trial; the impact of jury composition and juror attitudes on verdicts; whether key evidential rules unduly favour the defence or prosecution; and attempts to further erode the practical significance of jury trial.

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