Less serious cases may be dealt with by the magistrates court. More serious cases are tried by a jury in the Crown court
Characteristics of the defendant, such as race, attractiveness, accent and how similar they are to the jury members all influence jury decision making.
Pre-trial publicity via the media can influence the schemas jurors have about the defendant, even before the trial begins.
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The Jury. Do they have the necessary competence?
Eyewitness Testimony. Jurors tend to believe eyewitnesses, even when experts have explained why their evidence may be wrong.
Jurors prefer events to create a 'story' from the evidence, with a beginning, middle and end. They may just pick out facts that they can make a story from and disregard other pieces of information.
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