posted on Jun, 21 2005 @ 07:16 AM
The British Government's Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, has recommended that the use of 'trial by jury' be scrapped for some fraud cases.
Goldsmith claims that juries are incapable of understanding the complexity of the evidence given in such trials and that the length of the trials are
too long for jurists to bare. The government wants judges alone to decide such cases. The measure is opposed by Conservatives, Liberal Democrats and
the British Bar Council. Goldsmith denies its a cost cutting exercise.
Judges would sit without a jury in serious and complex fraud trials under government plans to be voted on by MPs and peers later this year.
Attorney General Lord Goldsmith suggested the measure would be used to handle between 15 and 20 cases in England and Wales each year.
The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats both oppose the plans, which will go to votes in Parliament in the autumn.
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This is rightly being called "the thin end of the wedge". If the precedent for trials without a jury are created it can easily spread across the
entire spectrum of criminal trials. Is this really what British society is heading towards?
Control orders already see British citizens detained indefinately with no trial or appeal. Now we have the government actively seeking trials without
jury in which a single judge can pass sentence. This flies directly in the face of the judicial traditions of this country that have stood unchanged
for hundreds of years. Our legal system was the basis for virtually all democratic nations around the world, now our government is betraying its
More wood for the fire Mr.Blair. Every move like this only stokes the fires of discontent in this country. Is a civil war what he is aiming for? He
might just get one if he continues down this path of a police state.
[edit on 21/6/05 by subz]