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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Khakhar on Juries and Erroneous Verdicts

Nik Khakhar has posted 'Reviewing Our Peers': Evaluating the Legitimacy of the Canadian Jury Verdict in Criminal Trials (University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review, Vol. 80, No. 1, 2022) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

This article examines the complex relationships between the Canadian jury composition, common law jury secrecy doctrines, and the accuracy of verdicts. Using wrongful convictions research, it advances two arguments: that the lay composure of jurors poses the risk of inaccurate interpretations of unreliable evidence, and that jury secrecy doctrines inhibit courts from mitigating these risks. The article concludes by advancing a proposal for jury reform that safeguards the historical function of the jury in Canada while mitigating the risk of erroneous verdicts.

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