Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Judge is the Jury?

The first Crown Court trial in England that does not feature a jury is underway today.

This undermines part of our inheritance of freedom, Magna Carta.

The great charter said:

(39) No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgement of his equals or by the law of the land.

(40) To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice.

What with the threats to habeas corpus – like executive detention orders - and the abolition of double jeopardy – enabling people to be charged for the same crime twice - the ‘modernisers’ in New Labour have legislated away our ancient liberties.

1 comment:

  1. I attended the trial this morning. I have written an article describing what I saw and relating my views.


    I think the power to allow one man to act as judge and jury in cases such as these, as well as in inquests, is a move which needs to be reversed so that the state doesn't become too oppressive and all-powerful. Jury trials - trials by your peers - are a critical safeguard against abuse of power by the state.

    The law allowing trials to go ahead without juries in cases such as this needs to be repealed.