Controlling Jury Composition in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

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Title: Controlling Jury Composition in Nineteenth-Century Ireland
Authors: Howlin, Niamh
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Date: 2-Dec-2009
Online since: 2013-04-18T16:30:10Z
Abstract: Difficulties in securing convictions in nineteenth-century Ireland led the authorities to resort to various methods of ensuring that petty juries delivered guilty verdicts in cases where this was clearly warranted by the evidence. This article examines some of the ‘stratagems’ put forward by David Johnson and suggests a number of other practices which were used, arguing that many of these mechanisms centred around controlling the composition of trial juries. Examples included altering the property qualifications for jurors, the system of asking jurors to ‘stand aside’ and the use of fines to compel attendance. While some of these were the legitimate exercise of established procedures, it will be seen that the crown on occasion abused or overused its powers.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Journal: Journal of Legal History
Volume: 30
Issue: 3
Start page: 227
End page: 261
Copyright (published version): 2009 10.1080/01440360903353955
Keywords: JuriesLegal historyIrish law
DOI: 10.1080/01440360903353955
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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