Trial by Jury

Sir John Baker

in The Oxford History of the Laws of England

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780198258179
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681806 | DOI:

Series: The Oxford History of the Laws of England Series isbn 0-19-961352-4

Trial by Jury

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This chapter examines the practice of trial by jury in the judicial system in England during the Tudor period. During this period, almost all issues of fact in the common-law courts were tried by a jury of twelve men. Trial by battle was occasionally proffered but the practice was virtually obsolete by this time and almost certainly no combat was won during this period. The only principal exception to trial by jury was wager of law because it was still commonly available in legal actions of detinue and dent.

Keywords: jury trial; judicial proceeding; judicial system; judicial history; common-law courts; wager of law

Chapter.  14417 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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