Are Juries Fair

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Are juries fair?

Cheryl Thomas

Ministry of Justice Research Series 1/10 February 2010

Are juries fair?

Cheryl Thomas

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Implications Further research Additional resources

References Appendix 1:

Appendix 3:

All pleas and jury verdicts at all Crown Courts 2006–08 by defendant ethnicity (at charge level) 61

Appendix 4:

Relationship between defendant, juror and local population ethnicity for all Crown Courts in England and Wales 62

Appendix 5:

Analytical model for analysis of impact of ethnicity on verdict (court effects) 65

List of tables
2.1: 2.2: 2.3: Sample size in case simulation study Sample size for CREST data analysis Sample size for media reporting and internet study 9 10 12

3.1:

Crown Court charges by ethnicity of defendant and offence type: 2006–08 (n=551,669)

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3.2: 3.3:

Jury verdicts for White defendants charged with racial offences: 2006–08 All charges, pleas and verdicts in Crown Courts: 2006–08

25 27

A3.1: All pleas on charges by defendant ethnicity A3.2: All outcomes where juries deliberated by defendant ethnicity

61 61

A4.1: BME population, jurors and defendants in the London Region A4.2: BME population, jurors and defendants in the South Eastern Region A4.3: BME population, jurors and defendants in the Midlands Region A4.4: BME population, jurors and defendants in the North East Region A4.5: BME population, jurors and defendants in the Northern Region A4.6: BME population, jurors and defendants in the Wales & Chester Region A4.7: BME population, jurors
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