By Jacqueline Horan and Jane Goodman-Delahunty*
References to explore reforms on jury selection processes are pending before the Law Reform Commissions in Western Australia and Queensland. The New South Wales Law Reform Commission’s 78 recommendations addressing jury selection are being implemented. With so much reform activity in Australia, a thorough consideration of the relevance of the peremptory challenge process in the 21st century is timely. This article reviews peremptory challenge procedures in use in Australian jurisdictions. The authors argue that the rising popularity of empanelling by number and other new conditions under which the jury system operates obviate the need for peremptory challenges in contemporary trials.
The full article can be accessed here: “Challenging the peremptory challenge system in Australia” (2010) 34 Crim LJ 167.
*Jacqueline Horan: Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, The University of Melbourne; Member of the Victorian Bar. Jane Goodman-Delahunty: Professor, Australian Graduate School of Policing and School of Psychology, Charles Sturt University.