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Hi guys,

I was wondering if anybody could help me pretty please. I am currently working on a law assignment and part of the criteria is "describe the advantages and disadvantages of the use of PROFESSIONALS in jury service". I have no notes on this part as I missed a bit of college due to pregnancy sickness. I have looked around the internet and can only find information on the adv & dadv on juries in general. I would really appreciate it if someone can help.

This is what I have written so far....(I feel as though this isn't enough info for the criteria)

As of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 judges, lawyers, and the police are now eligible for jury service, and many people feel this may lead to bias. This has even been challenged in the European Court of Human Rights regarding the right to a fair trial, particularly regarding police officers on the jury. It was stated that they must let the judge know if they know anyone involved in the case, as do all jurors. Only those who prove they cannot serve at any time in the 12 months from the date they are summoned will be excused, and then only in exceptional circumstances. If a person is supposed to attend jury service but fails to do so without exclusion, they may be faced with a fine of up to £1000 for non-attendance.

Legislation was passed designed to end the ‘middle-class opt-out’ for jury service. Professionals who were previously ineligible or automatically exempt, including police, judges, lawyers, doctors and clergy, must now serve unless they can show ‘good cause’ to be excused. Some trial judges fear judges' and lawyers' specialist knowledge could make it harder for a defendant to get a fair trial.
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How many words, and what level is this? I did criminal law at university.
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It is only part of the assignment, so I'd say approx 500 words, it's level 3.
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Tip: see yourself as the defendant, how would you feel about police, judges, lawyers on jury service?

"describe the advantages and disadvantages of the use of PROFESSIONALS in jury service".

Intro:

Normally, jury service is carried by ordinary panel of members of the public to represent the average person. This essay however will focus on an alternative such as professionals undertaking the otherwise lay person role. Is the average person qualified to understand complex legal matter?

"As of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 judges, lawyers, and the police are now eligible for jury service, and many people feel this may lead to bias." Fine, now tell the audience briefly why this is, according to whom and why? Do you have access to any expert opinions on the topic?

Judge: experienced with court trials and aware of fair practice. Disadvantage: criminal law is moral and judge may have a prejudiced view of the defendant. Find an expert who says something like this.

Lawyer: adept with relevant law and highly qualified. Negative: may not be able to relate to the experiences of the average person.

Police: familiar with criminal processes. Disadvantage: will be used to seeing citizens as criminals for too long.

"This has even been challenged in the European Court of Human Rights regarding the right to a fair trial, particularly regarding police officers on the jury." Which case, which Convention Article? How was it challenged, on which basis?

"It was stated that they must let the judge know if they know anyone involved in the case, as do all jurors."
Who stated it, and is this a good or bad thing? [Do not be afraid to have an opinion along the way but use authority: ie expert, case name etc]

Any time you make a statement give some details (ie describe briefly).

https://www.google.co.uk/#q=jury+ser...+pros+and+cons

PS Hope this gives you some ideas.
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Tip: see yourself as the defendant, how would you feel about police, judges, lawyers on jury service?

"describe the advantages and disadvantages of the use of PROFESSIONALS in jury service".

Intro:

Normally, jury service is carried by ordinary panel of members of the public to represent the average person. This essay however will focus on an alternative such as professionals undertaking the otherwise lay person role. Is the average person qualified to understand complex legal matter?

"As of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 judges, lawyers, and the police are now eligible for jury service, and many people feel this may lead to bias." Fine, now tell the audience briefly why this is, according to whom and why? Do you have access to any expert opinions on the topic?

Judge: experienced with court trials and aware of fair practice. Disadvantage: criminal law is moral and judge may have a prejudiced view of the defendant. Find an expert who says something like this.

Lawyer: adept with relevant law and highly qualified. Negative: may not be able to relate to the experiences of the average person.

Police: familiar with criminal processes. Disadvantage: will be used to seeing citizens as criminals for too long.

"This has even been challenged in the European Court of Human Rights regarding the right to a fair trial, particularly regarding police officers on the jury." Which case, which Convention Article? How was it challenged, on which basis?

"It was stated that they must let the judge know if they know anyone involved in the case, as do all jurors." Who stated it, and is this a good or bad thing? [Do not be afraid to have an opinion along the way but use authority: ie expert, case name etc]

Any time you make a statement give some details (ie describe briefly).

https://www.google.co.uk/#q=jury+ser...+pros+and+cons

PS Hope this gives you some ideas.
Thats fantastic thank you
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(Original post by rebeccabyrne91)
Thats fantastic thank you
you're very welcome.. Good luck.
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