The Court System During The Victorian Era

1351 Words Mar 18th, 2016 6 Pages
During the Victorian Era, the court system played a prominent role in the lives of the people. Although not all directly felt the effects of the actions that took place in the courtroom, the courts and their decisions impacted the lives of everyone during the time. The Victorian Court System was very organized, and that organization shows its inspiration in modern courts. The Court System during the Victorian Era was a very prominent and organized part of society. The Victorian Court System was made up of many different parts, including the three different courts, the different juries, and the lawyers. There were three different courts: the Petty Court, the Assize Court and the King’s/Queen’s Bench. Each of the three courts functioned to serve a different purpose, and worked together to hold all of the trials. There were also different court sessions, which included Petty Sessions, Quarter Sessions, Borough Sessions, and City Councils, all of which served different purposes. In addition to the courts and court sessions, there were also the two different juries and the different lawyers. All of these components of the court were very important to the trials, and made the court what we know it as today. In the 1900s there were two different types of juries: the Petty Jury and the Grand Jury. Being used since the 1300s, the juries were entirely male. The juries of the Victorian Era also differed from modern juries as they served for the day as opposed to the case. Every…
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