History GCSE: The Jury
Lawyer Harry Potter discusses the development of the common law role of the Jury under Henry II.
Juries of Presentment became more significant as Henry’s roving judges to enforce the common law became more influential. Lawyer Harry Potter explains the role of these juries.
The end of trial by ordeal in 1215 by Pope Innocent III led to further developments in the role of the jury in providing a verdict.
It concludes with an account of the first known English Jury trial in 1220.
This short film is from the BBC series, The Strange Case of the Law.
Students could investigate how different the role of a Jury of Presentment was to a modern jury.
Why are juries seen as such a significant development?
This short film will be relevant for teaching GCSE history and social studies. This topic appears in OCR, AQA, Edexcel, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.