According to an eminent jurist or two, jury trial is the most important bulwark between liberty and state tyranny. But thank God it already exists. I can't see today's Government of meddlers, know-better-than-thou's, Stalinists, technocrats, control-freaks and cronies inventing it.
Can you imagine?
"So, you're saying we should get a focus group in to provide some cover for whatever the judge wants, right?"
"No, they'll decide whether the accused is guilty or not."
"Oh. So they'll be carefully selected from a panel, lay experts with an insight in the field. Mmmm, could be expensive. We'll need an appointments board. They'll need some researchers too."
"No, they'll just be random people. Mind you, we should exclude criminals and the insane."
"Too right! But, you can't be serious: what the fuck are a bunch of the great unwashed going to know about anything? How can we be sure it'll be done properly?"
"Er, that's the point. You can't."