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Legal History: Anglo American Juries Research Guide

This guide identifies general and primary sources for jury legal history.

General Sources for Jury Legal History

Listed here are a few secondary sources on the history of criminal law, prosecution, trials and history of juries.

KD7540 .C66 1993
Marianne Constable, The Law of the Other: The Mixed Jury and Changing Conceptions of Citizenship, Law, and Knowledge (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993).

K2292 .D68 1999
Kenn D'Oudney & Lysander Spooner, Trial by Jury: Its History, True Purpose and Modern Relevance (London: Scorpio Recording Company, 1999).

KD7540 .L48 1999
Leonard Williams Levy, The Palladium of Justice: Origins of Trial by Jury (Chicago: I.R. Dee, 1999).

KF8972 .M6 1973
Lloyd E. Moore, The Jury, Tool of Kings, Palladium of Liberty (Cincinnati: W.H. Anderson Co., 1973).

KF8972 .O415 2006
James Oldham, Trial by Jury: The Seventh Amendment and Anglo-American Special Juries (New York: New York University Press, 2006).

KJC9455.T75 1987
The Trial Jury in England, France, Germany, 1700-1900 (Antonio Padoa Schioppa eds.,Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 1987).

KF8972 .S93 2001
Ellen E. Sward, The Decline of the Civil Jury (Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 2001).

Includes a large section on the history of the civil jury, from the Norman Conquest.

A. General English Sources

Listed here are just a few of the many secondary sources available on the history of criminal law, the courts, jury trials and reform.

KD7876.B43 1986
J.M. Beattie, Crime and the Courts in England, 1660-1800 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986).

HV6943.B44 1973
John G. Bellamy, Crime and Public Order in England in the Later Middle Ages (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1973).

KD7540 .B46 1978r
Jeremy Bentham, The Elements of the Art of Packing As Applied to Special Juries (New York: Garland Pub. 1978) (reprint of London: E. Wilson 1821).

HV9960.G7 C73 1996
Crime and Punishment in England: An Introductory History (John Briggs, et al. eds., London: UCL Press, 1996).

KD8400 .D3 2002
The Dearest Birth Right of the People of England: The Jury in the History of the Common Law (John W. Cairns & Grant McLeod eds., Portland, Or.: Hart Pub. 2002).

HV6943 .C74 1977
Crime in England, 1550-1800 (J.S. Cockburn ed., Princeton: Princeton University Press 1977).

KD8400.A75 T94 1988 John S. Cockburn & Thomas A. Green, Twelve Good Men and True: The Criminal Trial Jury in England, 1200-1800 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1988).

KD7540 .C66 1993
Marianne Constable, The Law of the Other: The Mixed Jury and Changing Conceptions of Citizenship, Law, and Knowledge (Chicago: University of Chicago Press 1993).

KD7540 .D48 1979
Patrick Devlin, Note on the Suit At Common Law in England at the Time of the Seventh Amendment(1791). 1979.

Reprint of the journal article, Jury Trial of Complex Cases: English Practice at the Time of the Seventh Amendment, 80 Columbia L. Rev. 43 (1980).

KD7540 .D85 1695 Octavo
Giles Duncombe, Giles. [Trials] Tryals Per Pais: Or, the Law of England Concerning Juries by Nisi Prius, &c (London: John Walthoe, 3d ed. 1695).

Special Collections also has the 4th London edition (1702) [KD7540 .D85 1702] and the 9th Dublin edition (1793) [KD7540 .D85 1793 Quarto]. International Media also has the 1666 edition in microfiche.

K2292 .F67 1994r
William Forsuth, History of Trial by Jury (Union, N.J.: Lawbook Exchange, 2d ed.1994) (reprint of London: J.W. Parker, 1852).

HV6937.A2 1980
V.A.C. Gatrell, The Hanging Tree: Execution and the English People, 1770-1868 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994).

KD8400.G73 1985
Thomas A. Green, Verdict According to Conscience: Perspectives on the English Criminal Trial Jury, 1200-1800 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985).

HV6943.A54 1975
Douglas Hay, Peter Linebaugh, John G. Rule, E. P. Thompson & Cal Winslow, Albion's Fatal Tree: Crime and Society in Eighteenth-Century (New York: Pantheon Books 1st American ed., 1975).

HV8195.A2 P635 1989
Policing and Prosecution in Britain: 1750-1859 (Douglas Hay & Francis Snyder eds., New York: Oxford University Press 1989).

KD7540 .H39 1680 Octavo John Hawles, The English-Mans Right: A Dialogue Between a Barrister at Law and a Jury-Man, Plainly Setting Forth: I. The Antiquity, II. The Excellent Designed Use, III. The Office and Just Priviledges of Juries, by the Laws of England (London: For Richard Janeway 1680).

Special Collections also has the 1798 American edition: Philadelphia: Alexander Brodie [SPECL KD7540 .H39 1798 Quarto]. International Media also has the 1680 edition on microfiche.

KD8400 .H444 1984
Juries, Libel, & Justice: The Role of English Juries in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Trials for Libel and Slander (R.H. Helmholz & Thomas A. Green eds., Los Angeles, Ca.: University of California, Los Angeles 1984).

KD753 .H44
Richard H. Helmholz, Marriage Litigation in Medieval England (London: Cambridge University Press 1974).

KD4104 .H67 2004
John Hostettler, The Criminal Jury Old and New: Jury Power From Early Times to the Present Day (Winchester [England]: Waterside Press, 2004).

KD612 .L38 2002
Law, Crime and English Society, 1660-1830 (Norma Landau ed., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2002).

KD8362 .M6 1789 Quarto
John Morgan, Essays Upon I. The Law of Evidence. II. New Trials. III. Special Verdicts. IV. Trials at Bar. And V. Repleaders (3 vols. London: J. Johnson 1789).

KD7540 .O43 2005
James Oldham, The Varied Life of the Self-Informing Jury (London: Selden Society, 2005).

KD7850 .R3
Leon Radzinowicz, A History of English Criminal Law and its Administration from 1750 (5 vols. London: Stevens 1948-.).

KD671 .S44 2003
The Selden Society Lectures: 1952-2001 (Buffalo, NY: William S. Hein 2003).

Includes articles from a variety of scholars on trials, criminal law and the bar and bench.

B. General American Sources

Listed here are just a few secondary resources available on crime, punishment and jury trials in America.

KFI3599.M362 C723 1986
David J. Bodenhamer, The Pursuit of Justice: Crime and Law in Antebellum Indiana (New York: Garland, 1986).

KF8982 .C66 1998
Clay S. Conrad, Jury Nullification: The Evolution of a Doctrine (Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press 1998).

KF9680 .D89 2002
William L. Dwyer, In the Hands of the People: The Trial Jury's Origins, Triumphs, Troubles, and Future in American Democracy (New York: Thomas Dunne Books, Saint Martin's Press, 2002).

KF8972 .F3 1993
J. Kendall Few, Trial by Jury, 2 v. (American Jury Trial Foundation, 1993).

KF9223 .F75 1993
Lawrence M. Friedman, Crime and Punishment in American History (New York: BasicBooks, 1993).

KF9002 .G74 1834
David Graham, An Essay on New Trials (New York: Gould, Banks, & Co. 1834).

KF9680 .K34 1966
Harry Kalven, Jr. & Hans Zeisel, The American Jury (Boston: Little, Brown 1966).

The result of a study of the American jury system undertaken at the University of Chicago Law School. Four copies are available in the Library. 2 copies of the 1971 edition from the University of Chicago Press are also available in the Library [KF9680 .K341 1971].

KF9223 .M33 2005
Michael McConville & Chester L. Mirsky, Jury Trials and Plea Bargaining: A True History (Oxford; Portland, Or.: Hart Pub., 2005).

KFV2478 .M55 1994
Frederick Thornton Miller, Juries and Judges Versus the Law: Virginia's Provincial Legal Perspective, 1783-1828 (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1994).

KF8700 .S69 1990
Shannon C. Stimson, The American Revolution in the Law: Anglo-American Jurisprudence Before John Marshall (Princeton: Princeton University Press 1990).

KF8935 .W55 1913
The Principles of Judicial Proof as Given by Logic, Psychology, and General Experience, and Illustrated in Judicial Trials (John Henry Wigmore comp., Boston: Little, Brown & Co. 1913).

Also reprinted by Littleton, Colo.: F.B. Rothman, 1988 [KD7540 .P75 1988r]