The history of trial by jury in england is influential because many english and later british colonies adopted the english common law system in which trial by jury plays an important part many traditions such as the number of members being twelve originated in england. First published in england in 1852 forsyths history of trial by jury is the first full scale historical account of the rise and growth of the jury system in england highly regarded this book went through 37 editions. 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. The right to trial by jury was included in the first charter of virginia which was drafted in great britain in 1606 and that right was guaranteed in all subsequent colonial charters the period of revolution in the wake of john peter zengers trial the right to trial by jury came under attack in the colonies. History of trial by jury chapter i the nature of the jury system section i various theories respecting the origin of the jury the rise and growth of the jury system is a subject which ought to interest not only the lawyer but all who value the institutions of england of which this is one of the most remarkable being until recently a
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