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But why? The standard explanation given is because, “the jury is the judge of the facts.” One does not rise for the jury in a British courtroom. But in American courtrooms, this is routine. Why is that? I have heard that before Bobby Kennedy was made Attorney General by his brother that the practice was unknown. Kennedy supposedly ordered U.S. Attorneys to institute the practice. Since many judges come from prosecutorial ranks (especially now that federal courts are criminal courts) the practice has been continued.

It makes sense to stand for the judge, as a sign of respect. It makes no sense to stand before a jury of your peers.

Written by mokane

July 29, 2008 at 9:16 am

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