Bill Haddow wrote:The trouble with the jury system is that it is based on a bunch of people too dumb to avoid jury service.
What a mean, despicable and selfish person you are BiIL Haddow.
I was asked to jury service last year and was happy to do so. I saw it as part of my duty as a citizen to do so.
The process was interesting. It was very clear that we could only use the evidence presented to us and everyone - procecution, defence, the Judge and the court officials did everything they could to help us do so.
The case we tried was similar, sexual assault and assault. Very sordid.
All the jurors were careful to discuss things fairly and listen to each other's points of view. We were aware that we had an important duty and were determined to do as good a job as we could.
In the end, after something like 5 hours of deliberations over two days, we came up with majority verdicts, not guilty for the sexual assault and guilty for the assault.
A huge problem in sexual cases is the lack of witnesses. Usually it is a matter of balancing two conflicting accounts and this puts the jury into the position of judging the two witnesses, which do you think was more likely to be correct. You also have to be sure. Probably is not good enough.