Spratt: Canada has the opportunity to fix its justice system | Ottawa Sun

by Faiz Ahmed last modified 2018-02-14T17:34:12-04:00
"But the deliberate and selective exclusion of jurors is not the only reason the Stanley jury – like so many Canadian juries – was all white. Racial bias is baked into the jury selection process. Out-of-date, and inaccurate census information means that many potential Indigenous jurors’ names are completely left of the jury rolls. And then there are the practical barriers to jury duty. Some provinces disqualify people from jury duty for even the most minor of criminal records. When Indigenous people are stopped, charged and arrested by the police more often than non-Indigenous people, it means that they are more likely to be disqualified for a dated and minor criminal offence. And let’s not forget the fact that most of the time jurors don’t get paid at all. That makes it hard for a single parent or those with precarious work to afford to do their “civil duty.”"
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