A judge has decided to weigh into public policy and lecture the government on jury trials. Just the other day these precious petals were getting upset because people and the government were subjecting them to scrutiny and they didn’t like it.
Now however this judge thinks that we should get rid of jury trials:
A judge has questioned whether lengthy drug trials should be heard by jurors after one expected to take eight weeks was aborted.
The call from Judge David Wilson, QC, came as the methamphetamine trial involving three accused was dropped as it entered its third week in the Auckland District Court.
In a ruling made on Thursday and issued yesterday, Judge Wilson said authorities should examine the possibility of having judges decide on complex drugs cases without a jury because of the investment in court time and lawyers.
In the aborted trial, two jurors had already been excused when a third produced a medical certificate saying they would not be able to sit on the jury for two weeks.
This took the jury panel to below the minimum of 10 needed.
The three accused could have chosen to have their case heard by the nine remaining jurors, but lawyers for the trio exercised their right to have the trial aborted.
In his ruling, the judge said jury commitments in long methamphetamine trials were “extensive”, as they often relied on a large amount of detailed electronic surveillance which had to be played to the court.
“I noticed particularly yesterday, where there were no technical or other interruptions to the evidence, that a whole day of almost unbroken reading of text messages and playing of intercepted telephone calls was a very taxing experience for the jury and it was with deep relief that they were released at 4.30pm,” he said.
Authorities should review the need for jurors and look at the possibility of having methamphetamine trials heard by a judge alone because the costs of trials “can only be considerable”.
I have two words for you in opposition to this proposal…”Simon France”.
The last thing we need is activist judges holding court with no protections against their outrages. The jury system may not be perfect but at least we don’t run the risk of liberal judges queering the pitch against citizens.