TITLE

Juries: Scrutiny of Deliberations

AUTHOR(S)
Gale, Christopher
PUB. DATE
October 2005
SOURCE
Journal of Criminal Law;Oct2005, Vol. 69 Issue 5, p397
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents information on the case law R vs. Smith and Another. The defendants were convicted at a retrial on four counts, conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm, false imprisonment, kidnapping and murder. After the jury had been deliberating for some time, the judge received a letter from one of the jurors, stating that a certain group of jurors had been badgering, coercing and intimidating other jurors into changing their verdicts. The judge showed the letter to counsel and invited submissions from them. Counsel for the Crown suggested that the judge should give the jury a powerful direction to act on his instructions on the law and remind them of their duty to follow their own beliefs in the light of the oath they had sworn.
ACCESSION #
18367728

 

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