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The palladium of justice : origins of trial by jury
Levy, Leonard W. (Leonard Williams), 1923-2006.
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Chicago : I.R. Dee, 1999.
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114 pages ; 22 cm
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Trial by Jury is the mainstay of the accusatorial system of criminal justice.

Author Notes

Leonard W. Levy is formerly Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional History at Brandeis University and Andrew W. Mellon All-Claremont Professor of Humanities and History at the Claremont Graduate School

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As the award-winning author of numerous books on constitutional law and civil liberties topics, Levy is eminently qualified to prepare this short but lucid history of the concept of trial by jury. He begins with a discussion of the origins of the jury trial at the time of the Norman Conquest, when the trial was more of a ritualistic ceremony than any type of objective, impartial attempt to discover the truth. The author documents the fact that originally there was no distinction between criminal and civil proceedings, nor were written records kept with any regularity. Levy also explores the historical origins of the concept of the unanimous verdict delivered by 12 individuals. The history ends at the time of the American Revolutionary period when the right to a jury trial had become a "common right." The short text may be compared with Twelve Good Men and True: The Criminal Trial in in England, 1200-1800, ed. by J. S. Cockburn and Thomas A. Green (1988), and Richard D. Younger's The People's Panel: The Grand Jury in the United States, 1634-1941 (1963). Recommended for general readers, undergraduate students, and practitioners. R. A. Carp; University of Houston

Table of Contents

I Rival Systems of Criminal Justicep. 3
II Inquisitorial versus Accusatorial Proceduresp. 31
III The Double Jury Systemp. 55
IV Trial Juriesp. 69
A Note on Sourcesp. 107
Indexp. 109