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The Jury System Is it Outdated and in need of reform The Jury system is not in need of reform It has been in place since the 13th Century It is a testament to its strengths that it has been the choice for dispensing justice for so long At the heart of the Jury System is the theory that people should be allowed a trial by their peers These peers need to be a random selection of layman members of the community This may seem obvious but those who seek reform to the jury system dont think so If the suggested reforms to the system such as specialist juries or specialist foremen are put into plcae the jury will not truly represent the whole community Specialist juries will be no different to judges or magistrates deciding cases They will be members of the legal profession that have seen many cases and it would be impossible for them not to relate a case to a similar previous case clouding their judgement All of the specialist jurors would be from the same kind of background so it would be in no way an accurate cross-section of the community Another strong point of the current system is that the twelve jurors as opposed to one judge stop individuals influencing the decision A specialist foreman would even if it was unintentional guide the other jurors They would influence the decision and would also have trouble not comparing cases to similar cases they have been involved in before Jurors have nothing in common apart form the case at hand This means they will not be distracted by the other jurors or idly chat with them If specialist jurors were used it would be impossible for them to not be on the same jury with others they know constantly It is sometimes said that the legal terms and arguments or legalese have to be simplified and explained for the jury but
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