Crown court trials

Alan has received a jury summons from his local crown court but does not want to do jury service. Section B: What arguments would you use to convince Alan that it is important for ordinary people to be jurors in crown court trials? In order to convince Alan that it is important for him to be a juror in a crown court trial, it would be made clear that he would be expected to decide the case based upon the facts put before him and not the law, it would be the judges place to guide Alan on points of law.

Alan would be one of twelve jurors who are selected at random off the electoral register. He would be notified that it is his duty as a citizen of the United Kingdom to do this. And refusal without grounds is unacceptable and can be punishable by a prison sentence or fine. It is important for Alan to do this as a lay person as people have more confidence in there peers, and would prefer to be judged by them, rather than by the out of touch elitist judges, who do not have a clue what it is like for some of the poorest people to turn to crime and drug abuse.

It was said by one leading judge "jury's are the lamp that shows that freedom lives. " People prefer to be judged my ordinary people. Alan would not be expected to have followed past cases or precedents, he will have to base his verdict primarily on the fairness on the case, by doing this a jury is seen as making the legal system more open, it also gets members of the public involved in a key role and it helps to keep the law clearer as points have to be explained to the jury as the case evolves.

Alan would be able to come to a conclusion with the other jurors in private; he would not be hassled by the press and would be protected from during nobbling a term used to describe when a defendant's family or friends intimidate jurors into making a verdict through threats. At the present time Alan is also allowed to return whatever verdict he wants and he does not have to give a reason. Jurors must take on a role of impartiality when deciding a case so it is ensured that Alan would not know anyone in the case or be in anyway involved, which leads to a greater fairness of trial.

Since Alan would only be doing jury service for two weeks he would not be case hardened which means he would not have to deal with such a case day in day out and jump to a conclusion based on the verdicts of past cases, which are similar in nature. And from a moral perspective Alan should do jury service in order to balance out prejudices as some of the other jurors may be biased, as they may hold racist views or some other sort of distorted opinion which he could cancel out.

In conclusion I believe Alan should do jury service as a duty to his country, it is an important job to play as he is deciding someone's future and weather or not there freedom is at stake, as it would be a case of a serious nature being in the crown court, I would also insist that Alan should not be afraid as thousands of people do jury service. And he would receive all the necessary protection in a high profile case.