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Episode from the podcastOn the Record at The National Archives

Trials: Murder on the High Seas and Trial by Jury

Released Thursday, 22nd April 2021
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In the second episode in our mini-series on trial records, we look at the long and colourful history of trial by jury. First, we hear about the sensational Victorian case of two sailors who resorted to cannibalism after being stranded on the high seas. Then a barrister and historian explains the origins of trial by jury, how juries have evolved over 600 years, and why it’s so important to understand their history.  

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