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Short Update: Jury trials in England and Wales could be reduced to seven people

FairTrialsAdmin - May 6, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Delayed or accelerated proceedings

Just over a week ago Lord chief justice for England and Wales said that ‘profound thinking’ will be needed to deal with backlog of cases. Lord Burnett warned that if social distancing lasts for months, it will be necessary to look at more radical measures to enable jury trials to continue and said he would support a move to reduce the number of jurors, which was also done during the Second World War. 

Justice minister Chris Philp said that "under no circumstances" would judge-only criminal trials be imposed in England and Wales. However, Mr Philp told MPs during a virtual committee meeting that juries could be cut to seven people under coronavirus legislation.

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