How Did the Jury System Start?

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The basis of the jury system as we know it today, began in the 12th century, by Henry II, and it is designed to base their decision on the evidence of the witnesses, and the arguments given by the lawyers, and on the instructions given by the judge. The original system only required them to decide based on their on knowledge of the facts, which equates to their own opinion of the facts. You can find more information here: www.blurtit.com
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The jury system is actually a hold-over from the time of King James of England. He gathered together 12 lawful men to make decisions regarding inheritances and land disputes.
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