Scientific Jury Selection

Justice of peers

What role, if any, should ordinary citizens play in determining guilt and punishment in criminal cases?

Wednesday, 20 July, 2011, 12:00am

Broadening pool of jurors would not lead to better court decisions

I don't support the idea that every effort has to be made to make juries as inclusive as possible ('Our jury system must be strengthened', January 29).

In Hong Kong's court system, the jury is only set up in the Court of First Instance in the High Court.

9 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Lawyers and doctors reject change to jury exemption

Professionals see good reasons for being excused court duty

Lawyers and the head of Hong Kong's largest medical group voiced their opposition yesterday to having members of their professions serve as jurors.

28 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

The case for widening our pool of jurors

The Basic Law rightly preserves the system of trial by jury. In principle, the system - inherited from Britain, where it dates back many hundreds of years - provides for defendants in criminal cases to be tried 'by their peers' - drawn randomly from the community as a whole.

27 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Jury is still out on mainland court reforms

Trial by jury is widely regarded as a fundamental requirement for the fair and objective consideration of certain court cases. The mainland's bid to strengthen its very limited jury system is therefore a positive move.

21 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Time to widen the pool of jurors

It is fair to say that an impoverished mother accused of stealing handbags to help her sick child might not view seven well-dressed urban professionals - all linguists to boot - as her peers, even in the widest context.

24 Feb 2003 - 12:00am