30 Apr 2013

Law Society sees new jury legislation as sensible

9:14 am on 30 April 2013

The Law Society says new legislation aimed at protecting the safety and privacy of jurors and making the jury process more efficient will bring sensible change to the criminal law process.

The Juries Amendment Act was passed in September last year and has now taken effect.

It allows people to apply to be permanently excused from jury duty if they are over 65, disabled or in ill-health and removes the addresses of potential jurors from the lists provided to lawyers.

That was in response to a convicted murderer writing to a juror whose name he saw on a list while representing himself in a trial.

Law Society Criminal Law Committee convener Jonathan Krebs said they are significant and sensible changes to the criminal law process here.