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A Jury of Her Peers: The Impact of the First Female Jurors on Criminal Convictions

Journal article
Authors Shamena Anwar
Patrick Bayer
Randi Hjalmarsson
Published in Economic Journal
Volume 129
Issue 618
Pages 603-650
ISSN 0013-0133
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Economics
Pages 603-650
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12562
Subject categories Economics

Abstract

© 2017 Royal Economic Society (Registered Charity No. 231508). This article uses an original data set of more than 3,000 cases from 1918 to 1926 in the Central Criminal Courts of London to study the effect of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act of 1919. Implemented in 1921, this Act made women eligible to serve on English juries. Results based on a pre-post research design imply that the inclusion of women had little effect on overall conviction rates but significantly impacted conviction rates on particularly female salient cases: sex offences, violent offences with female versus male victims and female defendants charged with 'other' (largely abortion related) offences.

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