Jury Trials in the Criminal Justice System

21st March 2017

Jury trials – their strengths and weaknesses – continue to be at the centre of much debate concerning the justice system in the UK.  Given the current climate of fiscal stringency, there have been further calls to reduce their use. Is this sensible?

To consider the wider debate as to whether the benefits of jury trials outweigh their costs and disadvantages, Politeia will be holding a meeting in conjunction with BPP Law School on Tuesday 21st March, examining such questions as:

  • Are jury trials the most effective and efficient guarantor of justice?
  • Do today’s juries fully comprehend their role?
  • How well are juries able to understand and interpret evidence to reach a verdict, particularly in highly technical trials?
  • Does the jury system continue to inspire public confidence in the criminal justice system?

The case for jury trials will be examined by the following speakers:

  • The Rt Hon Sir Edward Garnier QC MP, barrister and MP for Harborough, Oadby & Wigston
  • Robert Neill MP, barrister and MP for Bromley & Chislehurst
  • Professor Cheryl Thomas, Professor of Judicial Studies, University College London
  • Professor Peter Crisp, Dean and CEO, BPP University Law School

The event will take place on Tuesday 21st March from 7p.m. If you would like to attend, please email secretary2@politeia.co.uk with your name, organisation, position, email address and daytime telephone contact.