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Appeal court rules on jury eligibility of former police officer

Tuesday, July 04, 2017 @ 8:55 AM | By Christopher Hicks

Canadian appellate tribunals, including the Supreme Court of Canada, have constantly expressed indifference to the manner in which jurors are summoned and empanelled. The same appellate courts, however, are deeply concerned with what happens to the jury thereafter.

The Zvolensky case (R v. Zvolensky 2017 ONCA 475) involved the composition of the jury, but only on appeal and not at trial. These two issues formed the basis for the decision in Zvolensky.

The appellants sought to raise Charter grounds not initially raised at trial for the...