Tilting the scales of Justice

Jury trials are an inconvenience. I have been involved, in my younger years, with a number of jury trials as a lawyer, I hasten to add. Now, having not practised criminal law for many years I can step back and judge objectively my experience of jury trials. Generally I think trial by jury favours the accused. When a case is tried in front of a jury, the jury is the sole arbiter of fact. The jury decides whom to believe and whom to disbelieve. If a case is tried without a jury, the judge or magistrates decides the facts as well as the law. Continue reading