Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Justice-Reforms

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Justice-Reforms

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OTTAWA - The federal government has introduced legislation aimed at overhauling the criminal justice system -- including making good on a promise to change the way juries are selected.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould tabled a massive bill today that also includes measures aimed at tackling court backlogs plaguing the criminal justice system that has seen more than 200 charges dismissed following a landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling in 2016 on court delays.

They include restricting the use of preliminary inquiries to cases where the offender is facing the possibility of a life sentence.

The bill would also eliminate the use of peremptory challenges, which allow lawyers to reject jury candidates during the selection process.

A number of visibly Indigenous people were excluded from the jury that last month acquitted Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley in the shooting death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie of the Red Pheasant First Nation. …

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