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Monday, April 10, 2017

Coen & Doak on Explained Jury Verdicts

Mark Coen and Jonathan Doak (University College Dublin (UCD) and Nottingham Law School) have posted Embedding Explained Jury Verdicts in the English Criminal Trial on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

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.

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