P4- Describe the Role of Lay People in Criminal Cases
D1- evaluate the effectiveness of lay people in English courts
Lay people are people who don’t get paid and who are not qualified; they are volunteer’s, lay people in the law are the magistrate and the jury and I will be explaining their role and the advantages and disadvantages of having lay people get involved with the legal system.
A magistrate is some one who is not paid or is qualified and is only seen in the magistrate’s court which oversees summary criminal cases (magistrate hears about 96% of all criminal cases).
To become a magistrate you must apply however not everyone can apply, you can not apply if you have a criminal record, if …show more content…
The jury’s role is to charge the prosecutor with guilty or not guilty, they hear the facts presented in court and then they go to a separate room where they discuss and decide if they are guilty or not, a trial normally lasts ten working days, the judge will help the jury by summing up the case and gives the jury information on the law which will help them make a decision and when they are discussing the verdict in the separate room they can not talk about to any one as to what was discussed.
When it comes to expenses if a juror is travelling to get to the court they will pay the travelling costs but not the money you would have had if you were at work; that is up to the employer and they don’t have to pay the juror as they are not at work.
The Coroners court is where they decide how they died this will then go to the police so