Juries should not be given details of previous convictions

01 January 2001

Responding to alleged Government proposals that juries should be told of previous convictions, Deborah Clark, Director of Public Affairs at Liberty said

"Juries have to ask themselves whether there is enough evidence in each case to convict beyond reasonable doubt. Introducing details of previous convictions, may lead juries to convict where there is insufficient evidence and therefore to miscarriages of justice."

"The proposals, if true, could mark a fundamental shift away from the presumption of innocence."