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Increase in hung juries in ACT

By bundah - 28 October 2012 54

There has been a spate of hung juries in recent ACT Supreme Court trials. Since September 18 four out of five trials have been deadlocked which has led to frustration for those charged given it will mean additional court costs and playing the waiting game should the DPP mount a retrial.

For the details here is the link [Canberra Times].

To possibly avoid this scenario becoming an ongoing problem in homicides or sexual assault offences where judge only trials are no longer an option i would suggest that we need to adopt a policy of majority verdicts.Perhaps something along the lines whereby there is a majority of 10 of the 12 jurors in agreeance then that would be a sufficient majority for an outcome in the trial.

Any thoughts?

What’s Your opinion?


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Increase in hung juries in ACT
bundah 8:46 pm 28 Oct 12

HenryBG said :

Pork Hunt said :

milkman said :

The problem is that too many jurors are morons.

Have you any idea where jurors come from? I have news for you and it’s not from some moron factory.
They are your peers, neighbours and workmates or relatives.

Rubbish.

Juries are solely composed of people whose knowledge,skills, and intelligence are so undeveloped their time can be valued at $96.70 per day sitting on a jury.

If only we could afford you Henry!

bundah 8:16 pm 28 Oct 12

milkman said :

Pork Hunt said :

milkman said :

The problem is that too many jurors are morons.

Have you any idea where jurors come from? I have news for you and it’s not from some moron factory.
They are your peers, neighbours and workmates or relatives.

Exactly. Mostly morons.

The same could be said of some in the judiciary as well.

bigfeet 7:36 pm 28 Oct 12

Pork Hunt said :

They are your peers, neighbours and workmates or relatives.

Yep. Morons.

milkman 6:47 pm 28 Oct 12

Pork Hunt said :

milkman said :

The problem is that too many jurors are morons.

Have you any idea where jurors come from? I have news for you and it’s not from some moron factory.
They are your peers, neighbours and workmates or relatives.

Exactly. Mostly morons.

scarecrow 6:44 pm 28 Oct 12

In the last jury I was on we were kept an extra day due to the old-ish retired guy wanting something to do for the day and a free feed. Was a blatant decision but he kept fobbing off on a decision

HenryBG 5:50 pm 28 Oct 12

Pork Hunt said :

milkman said :

The problem is that too many jurors are morons.

Have you any idea where jurors come from? I have news for you and it’s not from some moron factory.
They are your peers, neighbours and workmates or relatives.

Rubbish.

Juries are solely composed of people whose knowledge,skills, and intelligence are so undeveloped their time can be valued at $96.70 per day sitting on a jury.

Pork Hunt 5:15 pm 28 Oct 12

Deref said :

I’m becoming more convinced that we need to ditch our adversarial legal system for the inquisitorial system.

15th century Spanish style? Nobody would expect that…

Deref 4:59 pm 28 Oct 12

I’m becoming more convinced that we need to ditch our adversarial legal system for the inquisitorial system.

c_c™ 4:36 pm 28 Oct 12

pezza said :

If the prosecution did their job properly and established the guilt of the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt for all of the jurors, they’d get their verdict.

I’m guessing your knowledge of the law is limited to snippets of Law & Order then.

Pork Hunt 4:33 pm 28 Oct 12

milkman said :

The problem is that too many jurors are morons.

Have you any idea where jurors come from? I have news for you and it’s not from some moron factory.
They are your peers, neighbours and workmates or relatives.

Jethro 4:28 pm 28 Oct 12

milkman said :

The problem is that too many jurors are morons.

I agree. The jury system should be scrapped. Richard Dawkins wrote a good essay arguing just that.

milkman 4:07 pm 28 Oct 12

The problem is that too many jurors are morons.

Pork Hunt 2:57 pm 28 Oct 12

pezza said :

I disagree. Having a jury verdict be unanimous is one of the most important principles of our legal system. If the prosecution did their job properly and established the guilt of the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt for all of the jurors, they’d get their verdict.

Not everybody who fronts up in court is guilty.

bundah 2:56 pm 28 Oct 12

I totally agree with your comment re the prosecution because there is no doubt that prosecutors have made a meal of any number of cases eg. in the high profile cases of Gordon Wood and Jeffrey Gilham(tortuous reading) where the police,csi’s and various prosecutors made numerous fundamental errors which resulted in both being acquitted on appeal.

Having said that apparently there have been cases where a sole juror disagreed with the other eleven,for reasons only known to them,which have resulted in hung juries hence my suggestion of a 10 out 12 majority.

pezza 2:40 pm 28 Oct 12

I disagree. Having a jury verdict be unanimous is one of the most important principles of our legal system. If the prosecution did their job properly and established the guilt of the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt for all of the jurors, they’d get their verdict.

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