Vaise v Delaval: 1785

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 . .
    (, [2004] UKHL 2, , Times 23-Jan-04, [2004] 2 WLR 201, [2004] 1 AC 1118, [2004] HRLR 11, 16 BHRC 279, [2004] 2 Cr App R 8, [2004] 1 All ER 925)

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Last Update: 27 November 2020; Ref: scu.192268