The legal landscape in terrorism trials

Jacqueline Horan, Jane Goodman-Delahunty

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Terrorist trials pose special problems for juries. These difficulties arise mainly from the nature of terrorist charges, the type of evidence relied upon in such trials and the plethora of publicity surrounding them. Juries in terrorism trials are potentially exposed to increased levels of bias, intimidation, boredom, frustration and confusion. In some countries, to resolve these problems, the right of the defendant to trial by jury has been abrogated or removed. Other countries have modified trial procedures to address the problems. In this chapter, we identify the most common problems facing juries in terrorism trials. We then review how these issues in jury trials have been addressed in common law jurisdictions such as the United Kingdom (UK), Ireland (north and south of the border), Canada, the United States of America (USA) and Australia, as well as civil law countries such as France and Russia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJuries, Science and Popular Culture in the Age of Terror
Subtitle of host publicationThe Case of the Sydney Bomber
EditorsDavid Tait, Jane Goodman-Delahunty
Place of PublicationLondon UK
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781137554758
ISBN (Print)9781137554741
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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