Quote Du Jour

27 Feb

Justice (mostly) delivered swiftly, back then; compared to injustice (all too often) dragged out, today…

Uncouth Reflections

Blowhard, Esq. writes:


At provincial assize courts in the Elizabethan-Jacobean period (1558-1625) the average duration of a trial, including time for jury deliberations, has been reckoned at between fifteen and twenty minutes. These were cases of felony, which still in Elizabethan times routinely resulted in death sentences upon conviction. …By the mid-eighteenth century the average trial time at assizes may have lengthened slightly, to about a half hour per trial.

The Old Bailey was the London-area equivalent of the provincial assize court. …In the later seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries the Old Bailey, which was the felony trial court for London and the surrounding county of Middlesex, processed between twelve and twenty jury trials per day through a single courtroom. So characteristic was the brevity of trial that when an exceptional criminal trial lasted for some hours, its duration became a subject of remark.

Still in the early nineteenth…

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Posted by on February 27, 2017 in Uncategorized


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