The history of trial by jury in england is influential because many english and later british colonies including the thirteen colonies which became the united states adopted the english common law system in which trial by jury plays an important part. History of trial by jury william forsyth 1812 1899 was an english lawyer and author of many works on law and literature including the history of lawyers 1849. Trial by jury has traditionally been seen as the cornerstone of democracy and the rule of law in this country this led lord devlin to dramatically comment in 1956 that trial by jury is the lamp which shows that freedom lives. History of trial by jury by william forsyth ma late fellow of trinity college cambridge and author of hortensiu or history of lawyers second edition prepared by. Trial by jury inherent and invaluable in the united states there are two places where every american is supposed to be equal at the ballot box and in the courtroom
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