Just judge: the jury on trial

Slater, J. (2023) Just judge: the jury on trial. American Philosophical Quarterly, 60(2), pp. 169-186. (doi: 10.5406/21521123.60.2.05)

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In this paper, I consider arguments in favor of jury trials. While I find these generally persuasive, I argue that there can be cases where juries are not fit for purpose. In those cases, I argue that they should be replaced by judge-only trials. In doing so, I propose a framework for determining whether a type of case is unsuitable for jury trials. Partly in response to low conviction rates, there have been recent suggestions that rape trials should be conducted without juries. I suggest that there is strong evidence that these offences qualify under the criteria I have described. As a result, I argue that judge-only trials should be adopted for trying rape cases. Content note: This paper discusses rape throughout.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Slater, Dr Joe
Authors: Slater, J.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Philosophy
Journal Name:American Philosophical Quarterly
Publisher:University of Illinois Press
ISSN (Online):2152-1123
Published Online:22 March 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 University of Illinois Press
First Published:First published in American Philosophical Quarterly 60(2):169-186
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