I don’t normally get involved with the world of comment on whether or not juries are capable of doing the job they are there to do because, at the end of the day, my job as a forensic scientist does not involve having an opinion on the Ultimate Issue, i.e. whether or not the Defendant is guilty of any charge(s). However, there have been several high-profile New Zealand cases this year in which juries have been criticised by the media for being incapable of making fair and informed judgments. Juries, of course, have no way to comment.
I also don’t normally advocate just inserting a link into a blog, but again, this issue seems to be a relevant one. The matter has now been reviewed by University of Otago law professor Kevin Dawkins, so, this article caught my eye today and I think it is worth a read: Jury system may not be perfect but could benefit from some refining. I will leave you to read it and make up your own mind.