The crusade against juries

Source: spiked
by Luke Gittos

“Juries are under attack. Earlier this month, France removed juries from most rape trials, despite heavy resistance from the judiciary. All cases involving crimes with maximum sentences of between 15 and 20 years will now be tried by courts of five judges, rather than the previous three judges and six jurors. Similar measures are being proposed in Scotland. … Rape is among the most complicated crimes on our statute book. Rape cases involve the complex interaction between black-letter law and sexual behaviour. But banning jury trials and diluting the definitions of sexual offences will not bring about more justice. Quite the opposite. Juries, in particular, are an essential safeguard against injustice.” (01/16/23)