As a rule, the Quarter Sessions are presided over by Justices of the Peace, assisted by a jury. The serious nature of many of the cases tried in this court, make it necessary that those who judge them should be able to administer justice with unerring skill. Nevertheless, justices of the peace are not necessarily trained in legal lore, and the arrangement has been denounced as bad by many members of the House of Lords. To overcome, partially, this position, which has been characterised as unsatisfactory, a borough or city may appoint a Recorder to preside at the Quarter Sessions. He must be a barrister of five or more years’ standing. He acts with a jury of twelve people, and he tries all cases of indictable offences except the most serious and those involving intricate points of law. Murder is, of course, outside his jurisdiction.
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