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CITIZENS' JURIES SHOULD PROBE POLICIES SAYS THINK TANK

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A call for Britain to follow Germany's example and set up juries of ordinary citizens to give their verdict on impo...
A call for Britain to follow Germany's example and set up juries of ordinary citizens to give their verdict on important issues is being made today by the Institute for Public Policy Research, reports BBC Northampton.

This would give more people a say in the way the country is run, says IPPR.

In Germany citizen juries have been consulted on issues ranging from how to tackle traffic congestion to the future of nuclear energy. They meet over four or five days, consider evidence and cross examine expert witnesses. Independent monitors are employed to assist jurors and ensure fair play.

Politicians are not bound by the juries' recommendations but in most cases their views have been adopted.

Today's report says that with concern over political sleaze and the growth in unelected quangos, the time is right to try citizens' juries in the UK. It suggests, among other things, they could be used to look at health and education reform, and examine the need for a privacy law.
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