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Chuck: Reducing jurors for non-capital murder cases a bad move

Published:Saturday | October 25, 2014 | 9:44 AM

Attorney-at-law, Delroy Chuck, has described as a bad move the Government’s move to reduce the required number of jurors for trying non-capital murder cases.

Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding told the Senate yesterday that the required number of jurors is to move from 12 to seven.

Additionally, accused persons and the prosecution will be allowed to mutually agree to a trial by a judge in any case that would be otherwise tried by jury.

However, Chuck, who is a former justice minister, stresses that murder is a serious offence and reducing the number of jurors who will try such a matter is unacceptable.

He says he would support a cut to nine, but seven is too low.

Chuck says overall it would be better to fix the issues affecting the jury system instead of cutting the jury panel for non-capital murder.

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