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This CPDcast aims to discuss the issue of jury tampering and the option the courts have of ordering a trial to be conducted without a trial pursuant to s.44 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003. Earlier this year Mr Justice Treacy delivered his verdict in the case of Twomey and others - the first non-jury trial in respect of an indictable-only offence in England and Wales in more than 350 years. Seth Levine explains how solicitors now need to start thinking about the practical consequences of Twomey for non-jury trials.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the basis on which a court may rule that a trial should be conducted without a jury;
  • Know the controversial aspects of the Court of Appeal’s decision to dispense with the jury in Twomey;
  • Understand the consequences for a defendant who is denied a trial by jury;
  • Know about the 2 successful applications for non-jury trials since Twomey.
Beginner Difficulty: 1 of 5
Case Update
Sources and References:
  • Blake & Ors, R v [2010] EW Misc 6 (CrimC);
  • Criminal Justice Act 2003;
  • R v S – neutral citation [2009] EWCA Crim 2377;
  • R v KSS – neutral citation (unreported) [2010] EWHC 723.

In this CPDcast Seth Levine from Dyers Chambers discusses the Twomey case and thinks about the practical consequences it will have for non-jury trials.

podcast added 31/06/2010

Podcast last reviewed: 2012-01-30

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