Thursday, 24 March 2005

Juries

by Charles Pooter

There has been a predictable attack on the use of juries in "complex" fraud trials after the collapse of the Jubilee Line fraud case. Reading the article it is obvious that the problem is not with juries as such, but with the kind of people that end up on juries. Perhaps it is time to reintroduce the requirement to own property before you can be eligible for jury duty? Perhaps we need to make it harder for middle class professionals to avoid jury duty? If my crimes are ever found out, I want to commit perjury in front of a jury of my peers, not a random selection of the unemployed, OAPs and housewives.

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