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Last Updated: Wednesday December 12 2001 17:44 GMT

6: The Crown Court

The more serious crimes are dealt with in this type of court with a judge and a jury making the decisions.

The jury is a group of 12 ordinary people chosen by chance from everyone in the country.

When the jury have heard the reasons for the defendant being guilty and the reasons for them being innocent they make their decision.

At least ten of the people on the jury must agree for them to be able to give their 'verdict'.

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