Fourth Estate

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We would recognise the instititution of the jury as an official ‘fourth estate’ of government, establishing a general principle that the primary function of juries, both in the political sphere and within the judicial system, is to act as witnesses to the exercise of power and confirm the public’s acceptance of it.

This reform implies the right of any jury to initiate debate on the overall legitimacy of the system they are called upon to witness. This would be a more dynamic form of Spontaneous Democracy than the petition-based process we outline elsewhere, but obviously the judgement of a single jury would not, in itself, be enough to trigger reform.


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