The defendants severally claimed that the presence on their respective juries of serving police officers or a solicitor employed by the CPS would cause bias.
Held: The presence of somebody involved professionally in the administration of justice need not allow a presumption of bias. None had any direct connection with the cases before them. The jury system which required unanimity or a majoity of ten provided real protection against individual bias. No reasonable objective onlooker would conclude that there was bias. The appeals were dismissed.
Lord Woolf LCJ, Richards, Henriques JJ
England and Wales
Updated: 20 November 2021; Ref: scu.229376