“The Terror of their Lives”: Irish Jurors' Experiences

  title={“The Terror of their Lives”: Irish Jurors' Experiences},
  author={Niamh Howlin},
  journal={Law and History Review},
  pages={703 - 761}
  • Niamh Howlin
  • Published 21 July 2011
  • History
  • Law and History Review
A commentator noted in 1881 that Irishmen regarded jury service as “the greatest burden that can be inflicted upon them … they would be delighted if trial by jury was suspended tomorrow.” He later added, “[o]f course an enormous outcry would be raised about it in the national press, and in public meetings; but jurors … would give anything in the world not to serve … because it is the terror of their lives.” Much has been written about the poor state of the nineteenth-century Irish jury system… 
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