Some juries view police differently than they once did

Some juries view police differently than they once did

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in Criminal Defence on Tuesday February 16, 2016.

No two criminal trials are ever the same. This means that at each trial, a different defence will be offered and the outcome from trial-to-trial may vary. The reasons behind this are numerous but include the fact that each case has its own unique set of facts and surrounding circumstances. Depending on who the person facing the criminal charges is, it is possible the jury could be more prone to decide in favour of the accused based on his or her background.

One group that may not be on the receiving end of the positivity it once had is law enforcement. According to some defence lawyers, there was a time when juries commonly found in favour of police officers when it was a member of that group on trial. Now however, some don’t believe that it is as likely, prompting them to seek a trial where the judge makes the decision rather than the jury.

In Toronto, there are multiple things that may have contributed to this change including the preponderance of cell phones which have been used to capture police officers acting badly toward citizens. In addition, the G20 protests which took place in 2010 may have also played a role.

Regardless of the person who has been accused of a crime, it is vital all take steps to make sure a proper trial is conducted and a solid case in their defence made. Criminal defence lawyers understand the importance of these things in a case and can be of assistance.


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