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This widely acclaimed analysis of the merits and demerits of the jury for making judicial decisions considers their selection, their complex interplay with court practices and , judges, their role in the criminal courts and their attitudes and activities in particular kinds of prosecution.
Many other aspects of the institution are analysed and Mr Cornish's book, in drawing on all possible research and in stating and dissecting every line of argument, marks a. turning point in professional and public debate
Twelve years ago Lord Devlin wrote so good a book on the jury that there seemed no room for another. Yet Mr Cornish has produced one equally important. Devlin was the judge's viewpoint, Cornish is that of the academic lawyer and social scientist .... Penguins have once again brought off a legal coup; an original, controversial and topical work which will appeal both to lawyers and the general public' Harry Street in the Law Quarterly Review