Effects Of Punishment In Abolishment

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Many common law jurisdictions use jury trials as a means of determining if the accused is guilty of a crime in serious criminal cases. Singapore, having completely abolished of the jury system in 1969, is an exception to the status quo. Opponents of the abolishment have claimed that such an abolishment will only expose innocent people to pressure from the Government and the Courts. As juries are not needed to explain their decisions and that they are prone to jury tampering, in addition to the fact that peremptory challenges are allowed, I strongly support the abolishment of the jury system in Singapore for the death penalty. Juries in many legal systems are not required to explain their decisions, resulting in a lack of transparency in the process of administering justice. Impartiality in any decision reached by the jury cannot be sufficiently achieved if justification for decisions cannot be provided. With jurors not being extremely familiar with the law and not being obligated to explain their decisions, decisions made by the jury, particularly in extremely complex cases, can be inherently flawed. Especially in cases involving the death penalty, if the jury wrongly convicts the accused, the grief it would bring to the accused’s family would be immeasurable and irreversible. Without a jury, a judge would thus be responsible for determining if the accused would be guilty or innocent and a judge, being legally trained, would thus be in a better position to decide. Juries are
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