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NCJ Number: 62651 Find in a Library
Title: PUBLIC'S VIEW OF CRIMINAL JURY TRIAL - REPORT TO THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION OF CANADA ON THE RESULTS OF THE PUBLIC OPINION POLL CONDUCTED ON MATTERS RELATED TO THE CRIMINAL JURY IN CANADA (FROM STUDIES ON THE JURY - SEE NCJ-62650)
Author(s): A DOOB
Corporate Author: Law Reform Cmssn of Canada
Canada
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 27
Sponsoring Agency: Law Reform Cmssn of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario K1A OL6, Canada
Type: Statistics
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: RESULTS ARE PRESENTED OF A PUBLIC OPINION POLL CONDUCTED IN APRIL 1977 FOR THE LAW REFORM COMMISSION OF CANADA TO ASSESS THE PUBLIC'S VIEW ABOUT VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE CRIMINAL JURY SYSTEM.
Abstract: THE SAMPLING PROCEDURE PRODUCED AN APPROXIMATION OF THE ADULT CIVILIAN POPULATION, 18 YEARS AND OLDER, LIVING IN CANADA EXCEPT FOR THOSE PERSONS IN INSTITUTIONS SUCH AS PRISONS OR HOSPITALS OR THOSE RESIDING IN LABRADOR, THE YUKON, OR THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES. SURVEY DATA CAN BE APPLIED TO THIS POPULATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROJECTING PERCENTAGES INTO NUMBERS OF PEOPLE. SURVEY RESULTS ARE BASED ON 1,014 DOOR-TO-DOOR INTERVIEWS. HOUSEHOLDS WERE SELECTED IN ADVANCE, BASED ON HOUSEHOLD CHARACTERISTICS, AND INDICATED ON THE INTERVIEWER'S MAP. QUESTIONS FOCUSED ON CRIMINAL JURY TRIAL PARTICIPATION OF RESPONDENTS, FAIRNESS OF JURY VERDICTS, AND RIGHTS OF ACCUSED PERSONS IN SELECTING JURY TRIAL. ONE-THIRD OF THE POPULATION HAS HAD DIRECT OR INDIRECT CONTACT WITH THE CRIMINAL JURY. THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED ON A JURY BELIEVE A JURY VERDICT IS FAIRER THAN VERDICT BY A JUDGE. GENERALLY, HALF THE POPULATION THINKS BOTH VERDICTS ARE EQUALLY FAIR AND JUST, BUT THE REMAINING HALF ARE OVERWHELMINGLY IN FAVOR OF JURY VERDICTS. ALMOST ALL CANADIANS BELIEVE THAT THE ACCUSED SHOULD HAVE THE OPTION OF A JURY TRIAL AND ONE-THIRD THINK THE ACCUSED SHOULD HAVE THE OPTION FOR ALL OFFENSES. A GREAT MAJORITY FEEL THAT JURORS SHOULD COME TO A JUST AND FAIR VERDICT EVEN THOUGH IT MEANS THEY WOULD NOT BE STRICTLY APPLYING THE LAW. APPENDIXES AND STATISTICAL TABULAR DATA ARE INCLUDED IN THE STUDY. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--LWM)
Index Term(s): Canada; Criminal proceedings; Juries; Public Attitudes/Opinion; Right to trial by jury; Statistical analysis; Surveys; Trials
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