Ministers plan curbs on jury trial
Wednesday 23 February 1994
Alternatively, they are considering whether some categories of offence should only be tried by magistrates.
In its interim response to the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice, the Government also said it sees 'considerable attractions' in some form of pre- trial defence disclosure.
Both moves - following the abolition of the right to silence - are likely to be opposed by defence lawyers, who say recent legislation has tipped the balance too far in favour of the prosecution. The report yesterday indicated that the setting up of an independent body to investigate miscarriages of justice, recommended by the commission, remains a long way off.
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