Before Charlemagne, the Frankish Empire's court
system was considered very good. It did have a problem and that
was how someone was put to trial. Before Charlemagne, the Frankish
court system use trial by ordeal.
Trial by Ordeal meant that if you were a peasant
and were accused of a crime, to prove your innocence you had to grab red
hot metal rod and hold it. If your burns healed within three days
you were innocent, If not you were
Charlemagne didn't like that system. He
thought it unfair to expect a miracle to occur to prove your innocence. So
Charlemagne created a new system called trial by panel.
Under this system, a group of learned men would
listen to the testimony and look at the evidence and then pronounce
guilt or innocence. From this system of trial by panel we got our
own system of trial by jury.
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