Former Justice Minister, the Jamaica Labour Party’s Delroy Chuck, is criticizing the Government’s intentions to reduce the required number of jurors for trying non-capital murder cases.
Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding told the Senate on Friday that the required number of jurors is to move from 12 to seven.
Minister Golding also indicated that 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.
Mr. Chuck is not in agreement. He’s calling for a more wholesome approach to addressing difficulties facing the jury system.
He says given the serious nature of the offence of murder the minimum amount of jurors that should be accepted is 9.
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