Canada should abolish the civil jury service

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Discussion posted by: David McNamara

Canada’s already beleaguered court system has suffered from delays and a lack of modernization for decades, but now with the new constraints imposed by coronavirus restrictions, the courts are facing an even greater obstacle. Civil juries are ill-equipped to weather social distancing, and should no longer be maintained as part of the Canadian court system. With the courts closed for three months, thousands of civil and criminal hearings and trials have been adjourned indefinitely. When reopened, criminal trials will take precedence as accused persons have a constitutional right to a timely trial, and the courts will not want to risk serious charges being stayed because of further delays.