In brief: DPP stands up for the jury system

DAME Barbara Mills QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, defended the jury system during a speech to students at BPP Law School last week. The former head of the Serious Fraud Office said there had been very few occasions when she had not been able to understand why a jury had come to a decision and she described juries as a safety valve linking the criminal justice system to the outside world. The Home Office is currently consulting on whether to abolish juries in fraud cases.