The Terror of Their Lives: Irish Jurors Experiences

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Title: The Terror of Their Lives: Irish Jurors Experiences
Authors: Howlin, Niamh
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4259
Date: Aug-2011
Abstract: A commentator noted in 1881 that Irishmen regarded jury service as “the greatest burden that can be inflicted upon them … they would be delighted if trial by jury was suspended tomorrow.” He later added, “[o]f course an enormous outcry would be raised about it in the national press, and in public meetings; but jurors … would give anything in the world not to serve … because it is the terror of their lives.” Much has been written about the poor state of the nineteenth-century Irish jury system, and it is certainly true that for various social, economic and political reasons, in comparison with that in England, the Irish system appears to have operated in a way that fell somewhat short of ideal. This article seeks to provide an understanding of the realities facing the jurors themselves, and will examine their experiences of the justice system before, during, and after the trial.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Copyright (published version): 2011, the American Society for Legal History, Inc.
Keywords: Juries;Legal history;Comparative law
DOI: 10.1017/S0738248011000319
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Law Research Collection

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