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January 2011


As deeply-rooted as the jury is in the United States, it is not beyond improvement. There is no better starting place for ideas than England, which provided the model for our jury system. To learn firsthand about current jury practices in England, I spent two weeks observing criminal jury trials at the Old Bailey in London. My goal was to examine jury practices at the Old Bailey and to consider which ones could work well in the United States. I observed some jury practices that I thought we should adopt immediately, and others that would work well in the long run but that might take awhile to gain acceptance. I also observed some jury practices that we share with England and that we need to implement more extensively, as well as some jury practices that we should eschew.