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Jury numbers to be reduced to nine

The House of Representatives has approved legislation that will reduce the number of people who comprise juries in the country from the current twelve to nine.

Attorney General Steadroy Benjamin said the proposal has the support of the Antigua and Barbuda Bar Association as well as the broader legal fraternity in the country.

Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, Benjamin said even judges are in full support of the measure as they too are concerned about health protocols and safety.

Benjamin explained that the adhering to health protocols makes the passage of the law necessary at this time as it allows for better spacing in the jury box for trials among other benefits. 

“I submit this bill to the house as it is another way of showing the government’s commitment towards fighting the spread of the coronavirus,” he stated.

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