A brief history of trial by jury: ‘The lamp that shows freedom lives’

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Hong Kong Free Press

Limitations on the right to trial by jury in Hong Kong are in the news. Under the national security law, the secretary for justice can dispense with a jury in cases endangering national security if they are satisfied that certain conditions exist. The Court of First Instance, the court where jury trials are held, has no say in the matter. Nor has the person with most at stake – the defendant. There was no public discussion in 2020 about the pro and cons of removing jury trial in the Court of First Instance for this limited class of offences before the introduction of the security law. Jury tri…

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