For many, it’s tedious, boring, long hours and doesn’t pay well at all.
For others, it can be an emotional wrecking ball. Testimony that could break your heart, make you seethe with anger or disgust you with stomach churning details.
A former juror who suffered serious emotional trauma after serving on a jury, had requested a policy change which has led to a comprehensive study and report by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
Vancouver Criminal Lawyer Kyla Lee told FVN: “They all seem like really important recommendations. The compensation to juries has been pitifully poor for years, with no regard for the additional costs being in a jury can have. Additionally the availability of mental health resources and support is so important. We have historically treated juries as somewhat robotic, assuming they can cope with the most gruesome and graphic cases. This has done a disservice to our justice system.
I also think the recommendation about intimidation is really good. Having a “room of their own” and safe space to move about the courthouse isn’t just good for the mental of jurors but also for the public perception of the integrity of our justice system.”
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