Juries in the Crown Court

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A judge cannot force a jury to make a guilty verdict

The judge can ask the jury to find the D not guilty. called a directed acquittal for a reason such as the P have not proved their case

If the jury have any doubts about the guilt of the defendant then they must find him not guilty

They can ask questions of witnesses through the judge

They sit as 12 random chosen jury members which negates individual bias

A unanimous verdict is normally required meaning all 12 find the D guilty

They must decide the verdict based only on the evidence they have heard and not any further research as this would be a contempt of court

They must elect a jury foreman to deliver the verdict

The judge directs them about the relevant law and summarises P and D's case, strengths and weaknesses

They listen to evidence and can take notes

After 2 hours of deliberations the judge can accept a majority verdict of 10-2 or 11-1, as required by the criminal justice act 1967

The jury then retire to the jury room for discussion in secret. No ones is allowed access to a mobile phone or the outside world until they have reached a verdict


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