Jury duty



Consultation seeks views on continued use of non-jury trials

The UK government has launched a public consultation on the continued use of non-jury trials in Northern Ireland until 2023.

Published 25 November 2020

Court business continues under new Covid-19 restrictions

Jury trials and other courts and tribunals business are continuing in Northern Ireland following the tightening of Covid-19 restrictions on Friday.

Published 19 October 2020

Lawyers welcome extension of jury trials to six court venues

Lawyers have welcomed an extension of jury trials to include a total of six court venues across Northern Ireland.

Published 12 October 2020

Jury trials resume in Northern Ireland for first time in five months

Jury trials have resumed in Northern Ireland for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 crisis in March.

Published 19 August 2020

Executive should be 'very slow to interfere' with 12-person jury trials

The Northern Ireland Executive should be "very slow to interfere" with the current 12-person jury in criminal trials in the face of the COVID-19 backlog, an experienced criminal lawyer has said.

Published 23 July 2020

Barristers told jury sizes could be reduced to help clear backlog

Barristers in Northern Ireland have reportedly been told that the size of juries in criminal cases could be reduced from 12 to nine or seven members to help clear the COVID-19 backlog.

Published 21 July 2020

England: Nightingale-style courts to address court backlog

New Nightingale-style courts will be opened to deal with the backlog of more than half a million criminal cases that have built up during the pandemic, The Times reports.

Published 26 June 2020

Tom O'Malley: The virtual jury trial experiment

Tom O'Malley, a law lecturer and barrister with expertise in criminal law, sentencing, criminal procedure and constitutional law, looks at an interesting English experiment in virtual jury trials.

Published 25 June 2020

Bar rejects non-jury trials or smaller juries

Suggestions that ordinary criminal trials should take place without juries or with a smaller number of jurors during the COVID-19 emergency have been rejected by The Bar of Ireland.

Published 19 May 2020

Tom O'Malley: Can jury trial be waived?

Tom O'Malley, a law lecturer and barrister with expertise in criminal law, sentencing, criminal procedure and constitutional law, considers whether the use of non-jury trials in Ireland can be expanded.

Published 14 May 2020

England: Two jury trials resume at Old Bailey

Two jury trials will resume at the Old Bailey this week as Crown Court cases restart, the Law Gazette reports.

Published 11 May 2020

England: Judge warns online forums are encouraging prospective jurors to dodge duty

A senior judge in Liverpool has warned that online forums are encouraging prospective jurors to dodge jury duty.

Published 24 July 2019