43-3: Juries in Canada Archives - LawNow Magazine

Jury Trials: Cost, Controversy and Secret Powers

In the first part of this discussion about juries,I explained some basic points: why we have jury trials and how we decide who should be on a jury. Now, I will discuss some of the more controversial aspects to juries, and will focus on three areas: the costs of (including delays associated with) jury trials […]


Charles Davison
Charles Davison is the Senior Criminal Defence Counsel with the Somba K’e office of the Legal Services Board in Yellowknife, N.W.T.

Transparency Around Jurors and Verdicts Would Help Trial Fairness

To many observers, the verdict in the Gerald Stanley trial was wholly unsatisfactory. From the outside, an acquittal in the shooting death of the 22-year-old Cree man Colten Boushie seemed unthinkable: he had been shot in the back of the head, while sitting unarmed in a vehicle. The trial became a referendum on the justice […]


Robin McKechney
Robin McKechney
Robin McKechney is a partner at Steinecke Maciura LeBlanc. He has conducted numerous jury and judge-alone trials. He is also an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he teaches the law of evidence.

Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP)
The Institute for Research on Public Policy is an independent, national, bilingual, not-for-profit organization. The IRPP seeks to improve public policy in Canada by generating research, providing insight and informing debate on current and emerging policy issues facing Canadians and their governments.

The Lack of Representation of Indigenous People in Canadian Juries

Earlier this year, the acquittal of Gerald Stanley in R. v. Stanley, 2018 SKQB 27 (“R. v. Stanley”) sparked important discussions on the Canadian criminal justice system and Indigenous peoples’ experiences within this system. Specifically, this decision sparked a discussion on the representation of Indigenous peoples on Canadian juries. What happened in R v Stanley? […]


Christopher Gallardo-Ganaban
Christopher Gallardo-Ganaban is a student at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law and a member of Pro Bono Students Canada. Pro Bono Students Canada is a student organization. This document was prepared with the assistance of PBSC University of Alberta law student volunteers. PBSC students are not lawyers and they are not authorized to provide legal advice. This document contains general discussion of certain legal and related issues only. If you require legal advice, please consult with a lawyer.

Canadian Jurors Need Mental Health Support

Former juror Mark Farrant has observed that jury service is the last mandatory form of service since the abolition of military subscription.  Each year thousands of Canadians are called to perform this last mandatory form of civic duty. Jurors play an integral role in the administration of justice in Canada, often at a significant personal […]


Michael Cooper
Michael Cooper is the Member of Parliament for St. Albert-Edmonton. He is the Official Opposition Deputy Shadow Minister of Justice and Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.

Juries as the Great Democratic Hope of the Criminal Trial

The greatest lawyer of the ancient world, Cicero, proclaimed that where there is life, there is hope. It seems to me that one can adapt that saying to the inspiration for retaining the right to a jury trial in the modern world, despite all the potential hazards that individual juries might present to the accused […]


Rob Normey
Rob Normey is a lawyer who has practised in Edmonton for many years and is a long-standing member of several human rights organizations.

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