The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales has ruled that a trial can take place without a jury for the first time.
The trial in question is for an armed robbery at Heathrow Airport which will be heard for a fourth time because of alleged jury tampering. It was because of the jury tampering that Lord Judge ruled the trial can be held without a jury.
Whilst it is important for the defendents to be tried for their alleged crimes, to do so without a jury is unconstitutional. If the defendents are interfering with the jury and their trials are being abandoned then they will simply spend longer in prison until a fair trial can be held.
This ruling sets a dangerous precedent. How long will it be before the British government uses this ruling in “terrorism” cases? They already have people under house arrest or subject to curfew and tagging orders after they’ve been found innocent by a jury on the orders of the Home Secretary, how long will it be before the constitutional right to a trial by jury is swept aside and kangaroo courts are set up with secret trials?
There is a reason why we have jury trials and open courts. The jury consists of laymen who consider the evidence and give their opinion on whether they think the evidence is good enough for a reasonable person to believe the accused has done what they’re accused of and whether it is wrong while open courts allow members of the public to see that justice is being done and that nobody is being deprived of their liberty or otherwise pubished without just cause.