Diplock court

Diplock court
Diplock court /dipˈlok kört/
noun
In Northern Ireland, a court of law that sits without a jury
ORIGIN: Lord Diplock, under whom such courts were introduced in 1972

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Diplock court [Diplock court] noun
a special court of law in Northern Ireland for people accused of ↑terrorist offences. Diplock courts were set up in 1972 under the British judge Lord Diplock (1907–85) when the normal system of trial by ↑jury had become difficult because ↑jury members were being threatened and even murdered. In Diplock courts, each case is heard by a single judge. The absence of a jury has been criticized as unfair, although the accused person has certain extra rights in these courts.

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