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|
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