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NCJ Number: 62650 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: STUDIES ON THE JURY - CANADA
Author(s): A DOOB; V P HANS; C S JONES; E R MYERS; P SCHULMAN
Corporate Author: Law Reform Cmssn of Canada
Canada
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 445
Sponsoring Agency: Law Reform Cmssn of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario K1A OL6, Canada
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: THIS VOLUME FROM THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION OF CANADA CONTAINS STUDIES ON THE CANADIAN JURY SYSTEM.
Abstract: RESEARCH ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE JURY SYSTEM IN CANADA IS DISCUSSED IN EIGHT PAPERS. DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES OF THE CRIMINAL JURY TRIAL, INCLUDING THE PUBLIC'S VIEW, THE JURORS' VIEW, AND THE TRIAL JUDGE'S VIEW ARE COVERED. THE FOLLOWING FINDINGS WERE MADE IN THE THREE STUDIES: ALMOST ALL CANADIANS THINK THAT ACCUSED PEOPLE SHOULD BE GIVEN THE OPTION OF TRIAL BY JURY FOR AT LEAST SOME OFFENSES, THE JURY SYSTEM IS GENERALLY SUPPORTED, UNANIMOUS VERDICTS ARE DESIRED FOR THE MOST SERIOUS OFFENSES, AND THE JURY SHOULD BE FLEXIBLE IN THE APPLICATION OF THE LAW. AFTER SERVING ON A JURY, PEOPLE WERE MORE FAVORABLY DISPOSED TO THE SYSTEM THAN PREVIOUSLY, JURORS FELT THE SELECTION PROCESS WAS FAIR, AND JURORS FELT SUFFICIENTLY INFORMED ABOUT PROCEDURAL MATTERS BEFORE SITTING ON A JURY. HOWEVER, JUDGES INDICATED THAT JURY SERVICE NEEDS TO BE STREAMLINED; THE MAJORITY OF JUDGES ALLOW JURORS TO ASK QUESTIONS AND PREFER THAT THE PRESENT JURY SIZE BE MAINTAINED. IMPROVEMENTS COULD TAKE THE FORM OF STANDARDIZED JURY INSTRUCTIONS. OTHER STUDIES DISCUSS THE UNANIMITY REQUIREMENT, LANGUAGE AND JURY INSTRUCTIONS IN A SIMULATED CANADIAN COURT, AND JURY SELECTION. TABULAR DATA, REFERENCE NOTES, AND NUMEROUS APPENDIXES ARE INCLUDED. (PRG)
Index Term(s): Canada; Criminology; Juries; Jury instructions; Jury quorum rule; Jury selection
Note: CRIMINAL LAW SERIES
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