Controlling Jury Composition in Nineteenth-Century Ireland
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|Title:||Controlling Jury Composition in Nineteenth-Century Ireland||Authors:||Howlin, Niamh||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4258||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:||Juries; Legal history; Irish law||DOI:||10.1080/01440360903353955||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed|
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