What is a Jury?

The jury was most famously described in the Magna Carta of 1215. This enshrined every person’s right to trial by a jury made up of his or her peers. Jury trials are practised in the UK, US, and many other democracies around the world including Spain, Brazil, Russia and Australia. A jury places power directly in the hands of citizens.

Juries are used for other areas than just court trials. In Citizens Juries, a randomly selected panel of non-specialists examine carefully an issue of public significance over meets a total of thirty to fifty hours, hearing from a variety of specialist witnesses. They are usually able to discuss as broad or narrow range of issues as they see fit. The actual question that they must answer is not as clear-cut as "guilty or not guilty".

A 'jury' may also refer to a panel of judges, such as in Jukebox Jury.

Ian Dury is spelt differently.