Are non technical juries keeping criminals at large?

In England and Wales the only qualifications required of a jury member to be eligible to appear in a court of law are that they are registered on the electoral roll, aged between 18 and 70 and have lived in the UK for at least 5 years. Jurors are not required to hold any professional qualifications and there are to date no technical jury qualification guidelines for cases involving complex computer data. Where does that leave us then, when vital yet highly complicated technical information needs to be communicated and thoroughly understood in order to fairly evaluate a case? Let’s take a look at the evidence…


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