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Legal Aid wants to help challenge Alberta jury selection rules that exclude Indigenous people –

by ahnationtalk on July 19, 201855 Views

July 18, 2018

EDMONTON—The Legal Aid Society of Alberta wants to join in the fight to overturn a rule that bans anyone with a criminal record from serving on an Albertan jury, with critics arguing the practice discriminates against Indigenous people.

Dane Bullerwell made the argument that the Legal Aid Society of Alberta should be granted intervener status on an appeal of a decision made during the trial of Jeremy Lyle Newborn, arguing the part of the Jury Act that prevents anyone with a criminal record who doesn’t get a pardon from serving on a jury disproportionately effects marginalized groups who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

“This is an important question that is going to impact every jury trial in Alberta,” said Bullerwell, presenting his argument to Justice Frans Slatter in Edmonton court on Wednesday.

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