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Ex-SCC judge says Criminal Code should be amended to stop misuse of challenges to exclude Indigenous jurors

Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 4:33 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Ottawa is facing renewed calls from the NDP, legal experts and others to abolish peremptory jury challenges because such jury selection tools continue to be misused to exclude Indigenous people from juries.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-RaybouldHowever, federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, who recently said she is examining jury selection and peremptory challenges as part of her broader review of the criminal justice system, will also be considering an alternative suggestion from Frank Iacobucci.

Five years ago the respected former Supreme Court of Canada judge made 17...