Ministry of Justice

Are juries fair?

Date: 17 February 2010

Jury in court

A research report examining whether all-white juries discriminate against black and minority ethnic defendants.

by Professor Cheryl Thomas, University College London

The report also asks whether juries rarely convict on certain offences or at certain courts and whether jurors understand legal directions, are aware of media coverage or look for information on the internet about cases.

The study found little evidence of jury unfairness.