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Majority Rules Verdict A Outline the reasons that have lead to this law being changed The Majority Rules Verdict is in effect in a handful of states in Australia The main reasons for changing the standard laws for jury Verdicts to Majority Rules is that it is very expensive to keep 12 jurors penned up in a hotel for a few days to even weeks all because one person refuses to agree with the rest Another important reason is that the Majority Rules Verdict is less time consuming and will allow for more cases to be heard Also it is important that the jurors can get back to their normal lives instead of days penned up in a hotel about a case BDiscuss the effects both positive and negative this law change will have on the community POSITIVE - One reason is to minimise the number of juries that hang If your jury hangs you feel you have wasted the courts time wasted money and more importantly wasted your own time - Cases involving hung juries dont have to take many days to resolve the problems Thus cases can be heard and a verdict can be a lot quicker if majority rules verdict is used - Majority rules verdict overcomes the problem of the rogue or perverse juror who refuses to listen to the other jurors or the evidence NEGATIVE -In rare circumstances someone may be wrongly sentenced because of the majority rules verdict Where the one person against the jury could have actually convinced the rest of the jury -It upholds the requirement of proof beyond reasonable doubt Allowing a juror to dissent from a verdict of guilty means that at least one juror had a reasonable doubt which can create uncertainty in the conviction C Write a letter to the editor explaining why you think this particular law should or should not be changed In you letter support
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