Should more trials be held without juries?
Jury-less criminal trials have caused controversy in the legal profession. The Criminal Justice Act 2003, which made them possible, was introduced amid concerns over jury tampering. However, the Crown Prosecution Service said it is strongly in favour of jury trials unless there are "exceptional circumstances".
The applications were lodged after a trial in March, when four men were convicted of armed robbery by a judge, because three previous trials had collapsed, and the Court of Appeal ruled there was a serious danger a jury could be influenced.
Has the complexity of cases undermined the impartiality and fairness of the jury system? In complex cases, are judge-alone trials a better way of achieving justice?
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