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A jury is a sworn body of people (the jurors) convened to render an impartial verdict officially submitted to them by a court. In Victoria-era London, trials using juries consisting of six people and overseen by a judge were held at the Old Bailey. When an individual is selected to be a juror of a trial they must keep it a secret until the day of said trial.
Jurors & the scales of justice
A Victorian-era jury consisted of six jurors, who were seated in a row in front of the presiding judge. Individual jurors were generally only referred to by their number during the trial, although it did not appear to be an issue if they were referred to by name by others. Juror 1 was assigned as the foreperson, responsible for giving the jury's verdict, and at any time during the trial's proceedings could initiate a vote. Individual jurors voted by slamming an area on the bench in front of them, causing a ball of flame to fly up and into either the black (guilty) or white (not guilty) side of a huge set of scales behind the judge, with more votes causing that side of the scale to lower. If a unanimous decision was reached, a verdict was given and the trial ended. However, in the event of a guilty consensus being reached, the defense attorney was able to give a summation examination, in an attempt to sway enough jurors to change their vote for the trial to continue.
During a summation examination, jurors must justify their guilty verdict to the defense attorney, who in turn tries to coax out new information from them and find contradictions between statements made by different jurors, with the aim of convincing enough jurors to change their vote for the trial to continue.
Although this practice became unused in London and considered useless by lawyers there, the right of the defense attorney to give a summation examination was never abolished. Ryunosuke Naruhodo revived this practice during the trial of Magnus McGilded after the jurors unanimously voted guilty and continued using it in trials where he was the defense attorney.
Realizing that a lack of evidence was insufficient for a proper verdict, Phoenix Wright attempted to revive jury trials in the United States via the MASON System and a concept known as the Jurist System. A test of these systems was implemented in October 2026 for the trial of Vera Misham for the murder of her father.
At least six jurists participated in the trial, including the famous Borginian singer Lamiroir, and Misham was ultimately found not guilty by unanimous decision. However, no known instances of the Jurist System have occurred since said instance.
- When creating the jury in The Adventure of the Runaway Room:
- Shu Takumi designed Juror 1 in "the image of a certain character in the previous games" (possibly Emeer Punchenbaug).
- Juror 2 was designed as a "genuine working maid" to contrast with Joan Garrideb; it is also an occupation that easily allowed the developers to communicate British culture at the time.
- Juror 3 was designed freestyle with a punk style in mind.
- Juror 4 was intended to be a reference to "a certain character" (likely Primstone).
- Juror 6 was initially drawn with a "Western old woman's unique plumpness" at first, but redesigned her since it was different from Takumi's intention.
- For the jury in The Adventure of the Clouded Kokoro: