On March 23, 2020, jury trials in England and Wales were abeyant in acknowledgment to COVID-19. This was done to assure public safety as social break measures were difficult to apparatus in courtrooms. Since then, several proposals, such as remote trials, have been put advanced to abode how jury trials might continue, and how to tackle the excess of crown court cases which currently stands at over 40,500.

Jury trials are used in the most austere bent cases and are about seen as fair, representative, and an capital part of the UK bent amends system, which works on the anticipation of chastity and that anybody has the right to a fair trial. It is vital that solutions, whether acting or permanent, limit the affairs of a abortion of amends and advance public faith in the system.

The basic trials

Between April and July, a activity attractive at how remote jury trials could be advised and conducted fairly in acknowledgment to COVID-19 was piloted by JUSTICE – an alignment alive to strengthen amends in the UK – with others including Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service and Oxford Brookes University. The study explored the possibilities of administering fair trials accidentally with participants in altered places and aimed to appraise the technology, analyze it with contiguous hearings, accede issues that may give rise to legal challenges, and to appraise acquaint learned.

All mock trials were based on the same fabulous case and legal roles and associates of the jury were played by volunteers and arrive experts. Jurors took part accidentally from their homes. Including application time, the trials took around half a day to complete – with parts of the action “extremely abbreviated” as declared by the activity team. Affairs came calm on a single screen – as you might have with a Zoom affair – with the jury actualization in abate boxes. The jurors, clerk, and judge had access to a clandestine chat action where they could highlight abstruse issues and access accordant documents.