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  1. Lawyers and doctors reject change to jury exemption

    Posted Aug 28th 2007, 12:00am by Polly Hui

    ... on the criteria for selecting jurors. Among other things, the paper will question whether the existing list of professions exempted from jury service is too long and outdated. The list includes judges ... be enlarged, but said judges and lawyers should not serve on juries. 'The whole idea is that you should have a jury of your peers. 'Peers' means people who are not [legal] ...

  2. Broadening pool of jurors would not lead to better court decisions

    Posted Feb 09th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I don't support the idea that every effort has to be made to make juries as inclusive as possible ('Our jury system must be strengthened', January 29). In Hong Kong's court system, the jury is only set up in the Court of First Instance in the High Court. It tries the most serious criminal cases, which account for only 0.1 per cent of the criminal cases ...

  3. Jury is still out on mainland court reforms

    Posted Dec 21st 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Trial by jury is widely regarded as a fundamental requirement for the fair and objective consideration of certain court cases. The mainland's bid to strengthen its very limited jury ... Candidates must have had at least two years of university education and will receive special training. Critics of the jury system in countries where it is well established may envy such arrangements. ...

  4. The case for widening our pool of jurors

    Posted Aug 27th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The Basic Law rightly preserves the system of trial by jury. In principle, the system- inherited from Britain, where it dates back many hundreds of years- provides for defendants in criminal cases to be tried 'by their peers'- drawn randomly from the community as a whole. In Hong Kong, however, the jury system does not work in strict adherence to this principle. ...

  5. Justice of peers

    Posted Jul 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... and defendants can choose to be tried by judges alone. Juries are randomly selected, but certain professions are exempt or disqualified from serving, and prospective jurors are examined in court ... judge and two lay assessors that hear many of their cases, have been experimenting with so-called people's juries whom they consult before making decisions. Taiwan's judicial branch ...

  6. News - World - SCIENCE

    Identical twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly subjects of scientific study

    Posted May 29th 2014, 09:49pm by AP

    ... a scientific gift, said Craig Kundrot, the deputy chief scientist for the human research program at Nasa's Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas. "Not only are they the same genetically, ... missions]. Mark will have 54. So exactly a 10-fold difference," Kundrot said. "That's just an uncanny opportunity that we're taking advantage of." Nasa has selected 10 ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Rafael Hui, Kwok brothers graft trial set to open after second jury empanelled

    Posted Jun 04th 2014, 11:10pm by AUSTIN CHIU AND STUART LAU

    ... a second jury was empanelled yesterday. Selection of the three men and six women to try former chief secretary Rafael Hui Si-yan and four others took six hours- double the time spent in choosing ... Austin Chiu and Stuart Lau Prosecution case set to open today after judge Andrew Macrae laughs off more excuses from potential jurors who do not want to serve Second Hui, Kwoks graft jury ...

  8. News - World - UNITED STATES

    Jury selection starts in George Zimmerman's Florida trial for killing Trayvon Martin

    Posted Jun 12th 2013, 12:00am by McClatchy-Tribune

    ... McClatchy-Tribune in Sanford Slow start to trial for black Florida teen's killing The murder trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida man accused of shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, failed to choose a single juror on its first day of jury selection. Lawyers reviewed questionnaire's filled out by prospective jurors and did preliminary interviews, but it quickly ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Picking a jury in a high-profile case in Hong Kong

    Posted May 27th 2014, 04:22am by Patsy Moy and Stuart Lau

    ... Patsy Moy and Stuart Lau Defence lawyers rejected 19 potential jurors without giving a reason, as law allows Making of jury in a high-profile court case Lawyers for the five defendants in Hong Kong's highest-profile corruption case yesterday challenged 19 potential jurors without giving a reason- six fewer than is allowed under the Jury Ordinance. The right to challenge ...




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