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Repeal Part 7 CJA 2003 Trials on Indictment Without a Jury

Comment 6th July 2010

Trial of all indictable offences should be restored to the public by means of the traditional 'trial by jury' only.  Trial of indictable offences by judge only, such as R v Twomey and others, should be abolished.

Bail for defendants accused of stealing over £1 million should no longer be within the gift of judges, eg Asil Nadir and Peter Blake [co-accused of John Twomey], but should be prohibited absolutely in the interests of justice being done and being seen to be done.

Why does this matter?

The public no longer have a part to play in trials of indictable offences by judge only.  This not only looks bad, it is bad.  It has become a cosy matter in court between the judge and the parties.  Not even the media give it the coverage it deserves so the public are kept in the dark as to what is going on without having any random representatives in the jury room in whom they can have confidence.

As for bail, again there seems to be a cosy arrangement between the judge and potentially very rich defendants accused of stealing over £1 million, eg Asil Nadir and Roger Levitt, giving the impression that judges treat them too favourably compared with common criminals, thereby undermining confidence in the judicial system in England & Wales.


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