The court refused to receive affidavits from two jurors indicating that they had decided on their verdict by tossing a coin to resolve the issue. The rationale was that this was to protect them against self-incrimination for what he described as a very high misdemeanour. The court cannot receive an affidavit from a juror as to the nature of the juror’s deliberations.
References: (1785) 1 TR11
Judges: Lord Mansfield
This case is cited by:
- Cited – Regina v Connor and another; Regina v Mirza HL 22-Jan-2004
The defendants sought an enquiry as to events in the jury rooms on their trials. They said that the secrecy of a jury’s deliberations did not fit the human right to a fair trial. In one case, it was said that jurors believed that the defendant’s use . .
(,  UKHL 2, , Times 23-Jan-04,  2 WLR 201,  1 AC 1118,  HRLR 11, 16 BHRC 279,  2 Cr App R 8,  1 All ER 925)
These lists may be incomplete.
Last Update: 27 November 2020; Ref: scu.192268