Jurors were appointed from local lists to judge cases at the Quarter Sessions. Property qualifications were introduced as far back as the thirteenth century and by the time of the case of Ned Edwards and his friends jurors had to be -
As in the case of the jury at the trial of Ned Edwards and his friends, this tended to mean that the jury were mainly farmers (including tenants of the larger estates), landed gentry, or wealthier tradesmen.

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