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January 2020 Archives

R v Chouhan - How Do We Get an Appropriate Jury

On September 19, 2019, the Criminal Code was amended by Bill C-75 which made several changes, including changes to how juries should be constituted. The changes to jury selection were that peremptory challenges no longer exist; and that the decision on challenges for cause are now decided by the trial judge, as opposed to jury members. These issues were challenged in the Courts shortly after the law changed, and on January 23rd, 2020, the Court of Appeal for Ontario released their decision in R v Chouhan, which addressed these two issues.

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