3PB Pupils involved in Important Research Project on Jury Decision Making

3PB Pupils involved in Important Research Project on Jury Decision Making

14th February 2012

Joe England and Giselle McGowan, Pupils at 3PB, recently acted as part of a research team in conjunction with Dr Emily Finch (University of Surrey) and Dr Stefan Fafinski (Oxford Internet Institute) conducting an investigation into juries’ decisions regarding dishonesty. Joe and Giselle helped to draft the advocates’ scripts and submissions that were used to analyse different aspects of the question of dishonesty. They then appeared as counsel in a mock trial. The four sets of juries were given four different directions on dishonesty to test what analysis and questions the jury would raise. The directions given were the traditional Ghosh test, a subjective test, an objective test and no direction. Once analysed, the results of this important investigation will be published in academic and legal journals. 

Joe joins 3PB following previous employment as a Court Clerk to HHJ Hallon and HHJ Richardson, and notably having achieved First Class Honours in BA English Literature, Outstanding on the BPTC and the award for Best Advocate at Kaplan Law School.

Giselle is undertaking her first six at 3PB before returning to complete her Pupillage with the Government Legal Service at HMRC.

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