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Should Nigeria Change To The Jury System?

In consideration of the victories scored by the V.P in court, should Nigeria change to the jury system? It seem to me that the wish of most people does not support or reflect the court decision.

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Jury system sounds good, but like a lotta ppl have said, itz not really going to work in Nigeria, not because of illiteracy or ethnic differences and all that.

Even before we get to that, therez one major hurdle that has to be overcome, How do we track ppl to be in a jury? The US has social security databases, but I dont think Nigeria has one, So before we even think of Juries, which I do not even think is the way to go, we would need to create an infrastructure that will allow for ppl to be tracked down.

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Jury service is one of the most important civic duties that anyone can be asked to perform. You do not need any knowledge of the legal system to be a juror. The experiences and knowledge of each person summoned to serve will differ, yet each individual juror will be asked to consider the evidence presented and then decide whether the defendant is guilty or not.

As a juror, you must tell a court official immediately if at any point during the trial you recognize the defendant, a witness, the judge, an advocate or solicitor. Failure to do this could result in an unfair trial. The judge will decide whether you should remain on the jury or not.

Once the trial begins you will be able to take notes, but you are not allowed to take your notes outside the courtroom or jury room. Jurors can only discuss the case when all jury members are present and in private. It is illegal to discuss the case with anyone who is not a member of your jury.

All criminal trials follow similar procedures. A defendant or number of defendants will have been accused of a crime. The prosecution advocate opens the case by explaining the accusations and setting out the facts they will seek to prove during the trial.

Witnesses for the prosecution will be called. They take an oath, or affirm, to tell the truth and are then questioned and cross-examined. Next, witnesses for the defense may be called. If they are, they too will take the oath, or affirm, and be questioned and cross-examined.

The judge may stop things at any time to prevent irrelevant questioning or argument, to protect witnesses and to clarify issues. As a juror, if you need to clarify any point about the evidence, you may ask a question by giving a note to the usher who will pass it to the judge.

When all the evidence has been given to the court, the prosecution and defense advocates may make their closing speeches. They will talk directly to the jury as they argue their cases. The judge will explain the law and summarize the facts of the case. Then he or she will clarify the duties of the jury before they go to the jury room to consider their verdict.

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I'm all 4 Jury system but i don't think we ar ready for Jury system in Nigeria.

Let's face the problem of poverty,illiteracy and all other problems we are still battling with b4 we talk of jury system.We still have lots of pple who cant read n cant even communicate in English.Lots!If they are selected hw will they go about it?what of d wipespread poverty n corruptn in nigeria? Nigeria isnt ready 4 jury system.

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jury in 9ja ke?, gush wiv all d corruptness and all, i would say d jury system will lead to more bribery ( and d rich pple will probably go scot free).

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The concept of a 'jury of your peers' just doesn't sound workable in Naija.

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Do we even have court reporters? Or judges still write proceedings in long hand? There are just too many little things we must fix first in our judicial system before we start advocating for regular folks to decide issues of facts (jury). Let's start by charging people to court within 24hrs of arrest, which I believe is what the law provides.

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I might be wrong but I seem to remember reading somewhere that during

Nigeria's colonial past we did operate a jury system in some parts of the

country and in limited circumstances.

Perhaps someone can throw some light on my admittedly vague memory.

But dealing with the current question I think there are both pros and cons.

Currently if someone wants to manipulate the outcome of a case they only

have to deal with one person, i.e the Judge, if a jury was in place it would be

more difficult in that several people would have to be approached to ensure success.

A problem might arise where the jury is made up of people of several ethnic

origins who do not all speak English, would we then have a situation where the proceedings

are interpreted into many languages? The alternative would be to only pick jurors who can

speak English or have court proceedings only in a limite number of languages which would exclude

people unfairly, in my view, from the opportunity to be a juror.

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how do we do the selection of the juries? going to the market place? and what would be the language of the court? we need more time please for the jury system, at least 50 years because of illiteracy and corruption

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Talking about the jury system,

It would be fine if Nigeria adopts the system

The jury adds some credibility and human

face to the legal proceedings.

However there's no perfect legal system.

Even in the US, remember OJ Simpson case

was controversial partly because many believed

the jury was manipulated!

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What is wrong with the present system

The victories scored by the V.P are based on the rule of law

and not people emotions.

A lawyer friend of mine told me its no big deal, since the

VP has good case

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The Jury System is tempting, but truth be told, it wouldn't work in our society, at least not now when our democracy is so young and so corrupt. What would happened in such a jury system is exactly what John Grisham presented us with in the Run Away Jury. Nigerians are hungry. Twelve jury members sharing the ghana must go is better than one judge who can do without the money.

That is not to say there are no honest men in Nigeria, but everyone has a price, and like i said, Nigerians are very hungry people.

That system just won't walk. We should be thankful anyway, that the judiciary is beginning to look up and hold back the evil plans of the Executive and the Legislature.

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A jury system in a nation of hungry illiterates is a recipe for disaster, a breeding ground for sacred cows and the death knell in the coffin of respect for the rule of law.

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I don't see the jury system as it operates in the US working in Nigeria. The jury system requires people to be educated sufficiently about the law to make a determination of guilt or innocence based on the merits of a case. Moreover, juries are selected randomly from the voter's register. Can you picture an illiterate 'boli' seller from the village being placed on a jury and asked to decide complex legal issues? Not to denegrate uneducated people but, if we want to be honest, it would be a difficult task. In this day and age in Nigeria, I don't think a jury system is practical.

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Nigeria has the Jury system already albeit only in Court Martial (Military Personal) only.They have Judge and Jury.

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it should be encouraged

i'm all for it!

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I don't think Nigeria should adopt Jury system because they don't have the resources to maintain it.

As in the hotels, the protection of jury members from being biased, the protection of the familes of the jurors, the payments.

We have to consider this before we can talk about getting a jury.

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Forget about bribery, we'll have folks like mo wapa who will go into court but instead of judging the case based on evidence presented, he'll judge it based on preconceived notions. Even a jury will find Atiku's disqualifications illegal because they're simply unconstitutional. As a juror, you're still required to follow evidence presented in court and not what you heard on t.v. or whatever personal feelings you have towards Atiku.

It's obvious he's calling for a jury system because the judgements on Atiku are not to his liking, he feels Atiku is wrong even though he hasn't seen a letter in the constitution.

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Jury system will not work in Nigeria because we are too religious. We would rather leave justice in "Gods hand" than send our neighbors to jail. Besides, a judge can turn down the juries verdict and impose his own judgment. In high profile case, a typical Juror can be tampered with not to mention his/her family members threatened by the defendant and/or even the prosecutor to get a case going their way.

Yes, the jury system is the best but you need a well defined, functional constitution for it to work.

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In nigeria the jury would obvious have an interest in most political cases

might work well for other criminal cases though

how would they even select people in nigeria?

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Personally as a lawyer, I am in love with the jury system. It works so well in the U.S.A but unfortunately Nigeria is not ripe for such innovation. If our judges can be go at, how much more jury men who are mere lay people.

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@ MAMAJAMA

What you just described is no different from witness tampering, it could happen even in the most "civilized society". Our judicial system work, albeit in a slow way, but that should not preclude from tickling with it

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Jury systems are better in my opinion. You have greater numbers of people assessing the evidence in a court case with (in theory) no personal involvement with parties associated to the case. Their conclusion is far likely to be more accurate than that of a single Judge doing the same.

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Jury system are based on facts given to them by the judge of the case. How can we be so sure in a country

like Nigeria where the highest bidder wins won't buy this jurors? will there be remedy if they are found to

be partial? nice thought but It won't work in Nigeria. What we need is a system of check and balance.

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ermm even in a developed world you would find no such jury, many will say they are totally unbiased that is not true, I did jury service once and i can tell you personal feeling do go into it, although people won't say it out loud.

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Juries consisting of people who will make decisions using logic and psychology rather than their personal feelings.

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Jury system is good oh, but in a country like ours i just wonder

ya'll sure know what i mean

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Hell no!!!

the average nigerian will be easily persuaded to sell his/her jury vote especially with the present situation of thing thus rendering justice to the highest bidder!

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Mowapa I think the JURY SYSTEM wll be suitable for Nigeria conpared to this Judicial onsense we have now. Oly God knows if those Judges really consider NIgeria before they deliver Judgements

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Jury system is sure the best. The jury usually consists of men and women of great integrity and honesty, it will safe the judiciary from corruption, since such men of high calibre cannot be bought, or so it seems, not all of them could be bought with money. But the politician will never use such systems, because it seems will not suit them.

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Jury system ke?,

U'll see that the jury will be bought andf justice will be more difficult.

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What is a jury? All you need to know is available here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jury

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You are indeed a DONZMAN

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@Donzman

If you've followed my posting in this forum, you may note I'm a sticker for rule of LAW. However the Jury system verdict as practiced by the U S is so iron clad that rarely do we have it overturned, just wondering since most people seem divided about our present system to the extent of labeling the Judiciary as corrupt maybe its time to change since we've adopted the American system of government anyway.

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Jury System is very good in a judgement if it is wisely used. If the juries are honest it is good but considering the way Nigerians operates this days a whole lots of people will be said to be guilty when they are not.

To me every system of judgement is good if there is nothing like partiality and dishonesty.

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This is silly, just because a judgement does not represent your preconceived ideas does not make it bad judgement. We all know most of the actions taken against Atiku were ILLEGAL anyways so challenging it in court will only yield the natural result. The courts are meant to interpret the law, no satisfy mo wapa's personal political wants.

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I know we've never practiced the jury system,but I'm raising awareness if an alternative should be considered.

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Do they have a jury system in place before?? i don't think so.

It should be "It is about time Nigeria introduce the jury system into their legal system.

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the richest man wins in Nigeria we dont have system

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