Monday, June 23, 2008
Juvenile offenders in Kansas have a constitutional right to a jury trial, the state’s highest court declared Friday in a decision that could force prosecutors to retry hundreds of cases.
The ruling has Douglas County court officials trying to figure out how their system will be affected.
“Quite frankly, we don’t know,” the district court’s administrative judge, Robert Fairchild, said. “If (jury trials) increase dramatically that will certainly affect the way we do business.”