Embedding Explained Jury Verdicts in the English Criminal Trial

40 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2017

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Mark Coen

University College Dublin (UCD)

Jonathan Doak

Nottingham Law School

Date Written: March 31, 2017


English juries do not provide reasons for their verdicts. This article argues that transparency is a fundamental value in modern decision-making, and that reform is needed to trial by jury so that verdicts are routinely accompanied by explanations. It examines the options that exist to incorporate explained verdicts in the English criminal trial and concludes that accountability and legitimacy would be enhanced through the use of a trained, independent lay facilitator to chair the deliberation process and draft an explained verdict.

Keywords: Juries, Verdict, English, Criminal Trial

Suggested Citation

Coen, Mark and Doak, Jonathan, Embedding Explained Jury Verdicts in the English Criminal Trial (March 31, 2017). UCD Working Papers in Law, Criminology & Socio-Legal Studies Research Paper No. 01/2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2943959 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2943959

Mark Coen (Contact Author)

University College Dublin (UCD) ( email )

Belfield, Dublin 4 4

Jonathan Doak

Nottingham Law School

Belgrave Centre
Chauser Street
Nottingham, NG1 5LP
United Kingdom

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