AZ: Regime to End Peremptory Challenges to Potential Jurors

Source: Voice of America [US state media]

“Arizona’s top court is eliminating the longstanding practice of allowing lawyers in criminal and civil trials in state courts to remove potential jurors without explanation, a move that proponents said would help prevent discrimination in the selection of trial jurors. So-called peremptory challenges will end Jan. 1 under a groundbreaking rule change ordered Tuesday and released Friday by the Arizona Supreme court. In the meantime, a court task force will recommend possible changes to current court rules that also allow opposing sides in trials to ask judges to remove potential jurors for valid reasons such as stated bias or inability to serve, the order said.” (08/29/21)