Delay in the Administration of Criminal Justice

Commonwealth Developments and Experience

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Jury Trial

Until relatively recently in the history of the common law, an accused's right to trial by jury was virtually unassailable. Jury trial was the normal method of dealing with all those offences which make up the central core of the criminal law, including those of a fairly trivial nature. Summary trial was limited to minor assaults, offences against the Vagrancy Acts and Game laws and infringements of the small amount of regulatory legislation of the time.


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