Talking Law: The Jury on Trial

In England on 26 January 1219 a royal order was issued to the king’s travelling justices, to put into effect the decree of a Papal Council that had the effect of abolishing trial by ordeal. The need for a new mode of trial in criminal cases ended up with the use of jury trial, for so long a defining charac-teristic of English Common Law. 

On 11 February 2019, at 7pm in the Arts Lecture Theatre, the Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research, in association with the CLCLCL project, put the institution of the jury itself on trial, with a debate on the motion ‘This house believes that jury trial remains a virtue of the Common Law’.

John Hudson introduces ‘The Jury on Trial’