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Australia’s first civilian jury was entirely female. Here’s how ‘juries of matrons’ shaped our legal history

  • Written by Alice Neikirk, Program Convenor, Criminology, University of Newcastle
Australia’s first civilian jury was entirely female. Here’s how ‘juries of matrons’ shaped our legal historyA French jury of matrons in 1771.British Museum, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-NC-SA

It’s hard to imagine now, but for almost 1,000 years, pregnant women in England could avoid the death penalty just by virtue of being pregnant. A pregnant woman sentenced to death would receive a stay of execution until the baby was born. It was...

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