Juries in Ireland

Laypersons and law in the long nineteenth century


Niamh Howlin

Hardback €49.50
Catalogue Price: €55.00
ISBN: 978-1-84682-621-4
October 2017. 320pp; colour ills.

Shortlisted for DSBA (Dublin Solicitors’ Bar Association) Law Book of the Year Award 2018

'This volume is [...] written with verve, style and substance. It also illustrated with choice and pleasingly scabrous cartoons [...] The book has extensive case references and bibliography and an excellent index by Julitta Clancy. The verdict of this juror is clear', Patrick Gageby, Criminal Law and Practice Review (2018).

'This is an ambitious book that provides new insights into an important and absorbing subject ... [it] provides useful references with new material particularly from newspaper reports and cases usefully provided. The richness of the footnotes makes it a very useful work of reference, and the attention to the procedures and processes at play is incredibly helpful ... These are beautifully produced books that map the contours of the subject in a new and exciting way and are written by diligent scholars and dedicated thinkers. There is much to celebrate in this new title and its contribution to Irish legal history', John McEldowney, The Irish Jurist (2018).

‘The manner in which our modern Jury System developed is a fascinating one  … Juries in Ireland gives a compelling account of the idea of development and nuances of the jury system in the 19th century’, UCD Today (Winter, 2017).

'Niamh Howlin presents a comprehensive view of the institution's nineteenth-century history. She skilfully draws out both the political questions which are so often at the heart of analyses of the jury, and the detailed points of procedure which can only really be grasped by a painstaking process of archival research ... This excellent book ... would be of interest to anyone studying jury systems generally, or to anyone studying any aspect of nineteenth-century trial processes in any country which used some variety of the common law', Kevin Crosby, Irish Journal of Legal Studies (2017).

'[A] splendid book which is the result of careful research and gives a comprehensive and nuanced account of juries in nineteenth century Ireland', Cowan Ervine, Edinburgh Law Review (2019).

'Howlin's study about Juries in Ireland offers a serious academic analysis of the operation of the Irish jury system during the nineteenth century ... an extremely well-crafted book. It is scholarly in approach and fills an important gap in Irish legal history and it deserves a wide readership', John McEldowney, Parliaments, Estates and Representations (Sept. 2018).