The role of juries up for debate
7th July 2014
As the role of the internet becomes ever more a part of everyday life and is increasingly being used as the first port of call when it comes to finding out information, attorney generals are gathering to discuss ways in which the jury system can be protected amidst the growing use of the internet.
The news of an annual conference in London involving the most senior government lawyers from the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, in which they will discuss the implementations of the internet on a jury, comes after a judge in New Zealand dismissed five jurors following one of them researching a case on the internet. Juror contempt is becoming an increasingly publicised issue where the results of this meeting will be of interest to legal workers in all locum legal jobs and permanent legal professions.
While New Zealand has seen jurors discharged for using the internet to research cases, as reported in this article from the Guardian, similar actions have been taken in the UK where jurors seem to be unaware of the consequences of breaching such terms in court where they are only supposed to consider the evidence presented in court.
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