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2003 Criminal Justice Bill

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There is an argument that British society has not remained entirely while any more and it has very wide cultural diversity, whereas most of the judges still remain while, male coming from either upper-class or from the middle class of the society and thus, poorer sections of society, minorities and women are rarely represented. “ The lawyers considered that there really was a significant danger that judges may become ‘ battle-hardened’ and jaded, so they may dismiss defence evidence as ‘ the same old story’ they have heard countless times previously” (ibid, 6).

There are instances when juries took a different and more relevant view and the judgement was given by taking the jurors’ view into account1.On the other hand, there are arguments which rightly proclaim that jurors are too ill-equipped to understand even the most ordinary of the court proceedings and most of them come from illiterate classes. They are too naï ve to be said that they represent societal sections. Most of them cannot use computers and even computer feeding of case knowledge becomes impossible. It is a waste of time for the learned judge to keep guiding them during every moment of the case.

Some of them compromise the dignity of the court by falling asleep during the proceedings which they, naturally, do not understand. They do not understand legal guidelines and cannot maintain confidentiality. Being unprofessional it is impossible for them not to share confidential legal proceedings with family members, colleagues and friends. It is not easy to get educated jury for all cases. Also another serious problem exists in the jury system. When juries are taken from minority community they think that they have to support the party from that community because they feel that their loyalty lies with the particular community and it is expected from them.

This can jeopardise legal proceedings in the most alarming way. In a similar situation, a feminist juror might think that whatever is the truth of the case, her loyalty lies with the embattled female involved in the case and once again, this is detrimental to the course of justice. It is difficult to expect balanced and unbiased judgement from jurors belonging to such quarters.

No doubt there is a lot of truth in these arguments.

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preview essay on 2003 Criminal Justice Bill
  • Pages: 6 (1500 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Law
  • Level: Undergraduate
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