Public Attitudes to the Criminal Jury: A Review of Recent Findings

15 Pages Posted: 24 May 2011  

Julian V. Roberts

University of Ottawa - Department of Criminology

Mike Hough

University of London - Institute for Criminal Policy Research

Date Written: July 2011

Abstract

A considerable body of scholarship has explored the jury as a legal institution but community reaction to the institution and function of the jury has not, to date, been the subject of a review. The present article fills this void by addressing a number of important questions about public attitudes to the jury. The focus is upon public attitudes to the criminal jury in England and Wales, although limited comparisons are made with public opinion in other jurisdictions. The results demonstrate widespread support for, and confidence in, the criminal jury, both in this country and in other common law jurisdictions. The research record also demonstrates strong public opposition to proposals to restrict the right to trial by jury. There is some evidence, however, that support for the right to trial by jury may decline in the context of offenders charged with terrorismā€related offences.

Suggested Citation

Roberts, Julian V. and Hough, Mike, Public Attitudes to the Criminal Jury: A Review of Recent Findings (July 2011). The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 50, Issue 3, pp. 247-261, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1851197 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2311.2011.00664.x

Julian V. Roberts (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Department of Criminology ( email )

Ottawa, Ontario
Canada

Mike Hough

University of London - Institute for Criminal Policy Research ( email )

Strand
London, WC2B 2LS
United Kingdom

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