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 characteristic of English Common Law.
On 11 February 2019 the Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research will 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.’
Speakers will include the barrister, broadcaster and writer Harry Potter.
The event is open to the public.