Trial by Jury: An Outmoded Relic?

  • Charles L. Newman
Part of the The Plenum Series in Crime and Justice book series (PSIC)


The system and use of the jury was originated as a protection against the despotism of kings and frequently has been acclaimed the “palladium of our liberties.”1 Recent statistics have indicated, however, that over a period of years juries have been used to a decreasing extent, and that increasingly convictions in criminal cases are obtained on the basis of a guilty plea. To substantiate this, it has been stated that 86 percent of convictions in trial courts were on a plea of guilty, six percent were so adjudicated by the finding of a court acting as jury, while only eight percent were determined by a jury finding of guilt.2


Trial Court Communal Court Guilty Plea Jury Verdict Prospective Juror 
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  1. Kelling, G.L. (1988). “Police and Communities: The Quiet Revolution.” Perspectives on Policing, no. 1. Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice and Harvard University..Google Scholar
  2. Moore, M.H. (1992). “Problem-solving and Community Policing.” Pps. 99-158 in Modern Policing, M. Tonry and N. Morris (eds.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar
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