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Title: Judges or Juries?
Comments: I really can't see the true or logical reasons or the urgent desire to scrap the jury service here is a democratic nation where the jury service has always been an essential part of the legal apparatus. Abolishing the jury service could be another mistake being made by politicians lacking in foresight. I know that the main local reason being put forward for getting the rid of the jury service here is that there are at present too much delay in trials where juries are being used. However there have been no complaints from other nations using the jury service to support this accusation. Almost all countries in the world uses the jury service with their legal systems successfully. I am however,fully aware that there are a few nations using a panel of judges at trials. These nations are not however, corrupt and has been classified as fully developed with no perpetual high rate of serious crimes as is now prevalent in this country .The idea of using a panel of judges appear so far to be a success. If the hidden complaint is that juries are being got at by offering bribes, then this under hand practice could also be used by a panel of judges with more drastic results within this nation. We cannot in this nation where corruption has become one of our main crimes and part of our culture rely either on a group of citizens acting as juries or a panel judges to bring about the correct verdict in especially cases where the defendants are wealthy or of a high profile. The only remedial solution to the present problem is to introduce more severe vetting of potential juries, reduce the numbers of citizens within the jury make up with a limitation on time to arrive at a verdict. We should not readily divert from a system that has been well tried and tested within the legal system over the past centuries.Doing so here, in this corrupt nation, could be just another step which will sooner than later lead to turning this nation into a dictatorship.