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A group of jurors (usually 12) selected at random to decide the facts of a case and give a verdict. Most juries are selected to try indictable offences in the Crown Court, but juries are also used in some civil cases (including claims in respect of false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, and defamation) and in coroner's inquests. In criminal proceedings the judge will direct the jury on points of law and summarize the evidence (see direction to jury), but he must leave the jury to decide all questions of fact themselves. He must also make it clear to them that they are the only triers of fact and must acquit the defendant unless they feel sure that he is guilty beyond reasonable doubt. The verdict of a jury should, if possible, be unanimous, but when a jury cannot reach a unanimous verdict, a majority verdict may be acceptable. See also challenge to jury.

From:  jury  in  A Dictionary of Law »

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