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Nicola Laver

Editor, Solicitors Journal

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Jury trials

Jury trials


Labour has called for juries to be reduced to seven to deal with the crown court case backlog, but Law Society president David Greene said: “Before we agree to anything like reducing jury sizes, we would need to understand how much of a contribution it would actually make towards solving the problems facing the criminal justice system." CILEx CEO Linda Ford said “it will take more than just short-term measures like smaller jury sizes” to resolve the crisis. She said greater reform is needed to address how the CPS recruits, but said CILEx was committed to working with government in shaping a robust response to the crisis.

28 January 2021