Mary Anderson

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In Ireland and elsewhere, opponents of extending the right to women argued that serving on juries would conflict with their duties at home, or even that the features of certain criminal trials would be too onerous for women of a certain (read delicate) temperament. Photograph: Alan Betson

Few pillars of our democratic system are more important and at the same time more poorly understood than the jury system. Some of the mystery is there(...)

Mary Anderson was one of the 12 founding members of the Irish Women’s Liberation Movement in September 1970, and one of two women whose legal action f(...)

Henry Fonda in 12 Angry Men – the film cast an important light on the jury system - all male – and the dynamics of its debate.

It’s one of the key principles of the Republic’s courts system: that, subject to specific exemptions, nobody shall be tried on any crimi(...)