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Cost:
  • FREE
Length:
30 minutes of audio
(+ optional 5 minute online quiz)
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Course Aims:

This podcast is aimed at providing a practical guide to civil jury trials (with a focus on actions against the police in the County Court). It will look at the type of actions that might involve a jury and the decision making process when considering whether a jury trial might be appropriate. It will consider how to apply for jury trial and the directions that will need to be complied with, should a jury trial be ordered. It will set out some useful guidance for practitioners preparing for civil jury trial and explain the process once the case makes it to court. It will then look at the factors to be considered after judgment, including damages and costs considerations.

Outcomes:
After completing the course you will:
  • Know what type of civil action will involve a jury;
  • Be aware of the time constraints when applying for a claim to be tried by jury;
  • Know whether a party can object to trial by jury;
  • Understand what directions must be complied with once trial by jury has been ordered;
  • Be aware of what practitioners should be doing to prepare for trial;
  • Know what should be included in the trial bundle;
  • Understand what the role of the judge and jury will be in a civil trial;
  • Be aware of the preliminary issues that will need to be considered prior to trial;
  • Understand how the jury is empanelled;
  • Identify the types of questions that can be asked of jurors during the empanelment stage;
  • Be familiar with the process during trial;
  • Know what the decision on damages will involve and how it will be made;
  • Be aware of the costs considerations.
Level:
Intermediate Difficulty: 3 of 5
Classification:
Practical Guide
Sources and References:
  • Civil Procedure Rules;
  • County Courts Act 1984;
  • Dallison v Caffery [1964];
  • Jurors Act 1974;
  • Supreme Courts Act 1981;
  • Thompson and Hsu v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [1997].
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This podcast discusses civil jury trials with Chez Cotton from Bindmans (focusing on actions against the police in the County Court). It will consider the types of civil actions that will involve a jury and the procedural considerations to be had in preparing and running a civil jury trial.

Podcast last reviewed: 2012-05-28

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