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Test for jurors; Email:letters@liverpoolecho.co.uk You Say You Say.

WITH reference to the Pistorius trial, a legal expert interviewed on Radio Merseyside referred to our jury system and harked back to Magna Carta, democracy and the British system of fair play; on the face of it beyond argument.

system of fair play; on the face of it beyond argument.

By contrast the judge alone in South Africa gave her verdict based on evidence; their legal system thus implied to be inferior to ours, she being judge and jury.

South Africa gave her verdict based on evidence; their legal system thus implied to be inferior to ours, she being judge and jury.

The former seems fairer; however I have to say that having attended trials here both as juror and as an observer and I am not convinced that all jurors have the wherewithal to absorb the evidence then to deliver the right verdict as directed by the judge.

have to say that having attended trials here both as juror and as an observer and I am not convinced that all jurors have the wherewithal to absorb the evidence then to deliver the right verdict as directed by the judge.

My experience is that jurors arrive in court with preconceived ideas and prejudices and, whereas some are persuaded by the evidence, others lack the intelligence to reach the right conclusion based on the proven facts as presented.

in court with preconceived ideas and prejudices and, whereas some are persuaded by the evidence, others lack the intelligence to reach the right conclusion based on the proven facts as presented.

exclude some people from jury It might appear undemocratic to exclude some people from jury service but I would argue that it's preferable to offend a few wellmeaning, though unsuitable, people than to send one innocent person to prison.

Potential jurors should have to undergo some sort of intelligence test.

Reg Alexander, L13

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