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Has jury justice been sold off?

Trial by jury is “the lamp that shows that freedom lives.” But what happens when freedom is sacrificed?

By Kirsty Brimelow  

Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Robert Buckland. Photo: WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto/PA Images

On the 19th of June the Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland, announced that he is considering the introduction of trials without juries for “either way” offences with a maximum sentence of two years’ imprisonment. “Either way” refers to the current right for those in moderately serious cases to elect a jury rather than be tried in the magistrates’ court. It may be replaced by the right to elect a judge and two magistrates. The lord chancellor stresses that this…

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