Should The Jury System Be Abolished From The English Legal System?

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This essay will be discussing the jury system and whether it should be abolished from the English Legal System. The jury system is viewed as one of the most fundamental parts of the English Legal System, however in practice it is only in a minority of cases. There are various reasons to keep and abolish the jury system, some of which will be discussed within this essay.
The jury system has been in existence for nearly 800 years, thus is a crucial part of the English Legal System. It was introduced when William the Conqueror brought to England a structure of having witnesses who knew about a matter in question to tell the courts of law what they knew from Normandy. The word “juror” actually comes from the French word of “jurer” which means to swear. Hence, why before a witness comes to stand in court, they must swear on an oath. From there, the jury system has spread from the British Isles, to most countries, including the United States, those in Africa and Asia.
Juries were first used by the king in the 12th century. The aim was to discover and present facts when questioned by the king. English juries then moved from the role of advising to the role of deciding facts in the courts of law. It was not until the late 17th century that a jury was able to return a verdict in terms of whether a defendant was guilty or not.
Juries are used in two instances; within the criminal jury, where the sworn duty of the jury is to “faithfully try the defendant and give a true verdict

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