The French Jury at a Crossroads

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Valerie P. Hans

Cornell University - School of Law

Claire M. Germain

University of Florida - Levin College of Law; Cornell University - Law School

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

This article describes the contemporary landscape of the French jury. Putting the institution in its historical and political context, it begins with an overview of the rich history of the French jury. We describe the earliest form of community judgment in France, the introduction of a formal jury system following the French Revolution, and the political and legal influences that transformed it from an independent body of lay citizens to a mixed decision-making body of professional and lay judges. We next identify characteristic features of contemporary French jury trial procedure and the respective roles and responsibilities of professional and lay judges, and then summarize the appellate procedure. After reviewing current debates about the merits of lay participation in the French legal system, we close with some reflections about the future of this storied institution.

Keywords: France, French law, French jury, Cour d'assises d'appel

Suggested Citation

Hans, Valerie P. and Germain, Claire M., The French Jury at a Crossroads (2011). Chicago-Kent Law Review, Vol. 74, No. 101, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2680386

Valerie P. Hans

Cornell University - School of Law ( email )

Myron Taylor Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
United States
607-255-0095 (Phone)

Claire M. Germain (Contact Author)

University of Florida - Levin College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 117625
Gainesville, FL 32611-7625
United States

Cornell University - Law School ( email )

Myron Taylor Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
United States

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