Internet generation jurors used to screens
November 8th, 2008

The Lord Chief Justice of the UK legal system has opined that “it might be better to present information for young jurors on screens because that is how they were used to digesting information.” The Telegraph reported the concern in an article titled Web-savvy young make bad jurors because they cannot listen, says Lord Chief Justice. Here is more from the article:

Currently information is provided on screens to jurors, such as in complex fraud trials, but “not without difficulty and with great expense”, he said.

He added: “What about the defendant’s oral testimony and child witness complaining of an indecent assault which the defendant adamantly denies?

“What process aimed at finding the truth between them, and enabling a jury to decide where the truth lies, will be in place in 25 years time? What will happen to our oral tradition? Should it, will it, be forced to change?”

Lord Judge also conceded that it was inevitable some jurors defy a judge’s direction and make “private enquiries” into a case using the internet. In one case a juror went online using a Blackberry-device during a rape case, causing the conviction to be quashed.

Lord Judge said that he did not have solutions to these concerns. But he suggested that in the future the courts system must be “capable of development and adaptable for the future”.

Via Hot Air

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