30 November 1998, page 1, news story: Threat to British trial-by-jury system – Alarm over Euro-wide justice plan
Proposals for a common judicial area in Europe, based on the Continental inquisitorial model rather than the British trial-by-jury system, are being developed as part of eventual moves towards a single state. Although in its early stages, the so-called “Corpus Juris” could shortly be adopted for European Union fraud cases and might form the basis for a unified criminal justice system in the future.
How Magna Carta may be rewritten
What Corpus Juris proposes….is to establish a single judicial area for the European Union under the direction of a European Public Prosecutor to whom national prosecutors would defer.
(DAILY TELEGRAPH, 30 November 1998, page 4)
A criminal proposal
What makes corpus juris so irksome is that there is no practical need for it whatever. European federalists want to establish a common jurisdiction purely in order to give the EU the attributes and trappings of a nation-state.
(DAILY TELEGRAPH, 30 November 1998, page 21, leader)
“Corpus Juris” is an academic study undertaken by a number of European law professors, partly financed by the European Commission, looking into ways of combating fraud within the EU budget. In order to better protect the interests of the European taxpayer the group made a number of proposals, including the creation of a European public prosecutor and a set of European penal laws to deal exclusively with the financial control of the EU budget. Such measures would have no status whatsoever outside that field. It is therefore absolutely untrue to claim that the EU plans to create European Courts, abolish habeas corpus and trial by jury, or introduce the possibility for appeal against acquittal. The practical need for “Corpus Juris” arises from the necessity to reflect on ways to combat fraud within the EU budget. The Telegraph cannot bemoan the supposed lack of action taken by the Commission against fraud and, at the same time, run hysterical scare stories when the Commission merely examines ways of tackling this problem.