Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Trudeau right to comment on jury selection

Neither the Prime Minister nor Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould made a specific comment on whether the Gerald Stanley case was rightly decided.

But they did say that the way juries are assembled in Canada can lead to a perception of partiality. Recognizing that and taking steps to revise the jury system to make sure it is, and is seen to be, impartial is exactly what elected officials are supposed to do. Taking lessons from cases to improve the justice system is a good thing.

Gerald Stanley has been acquitted and the Saskatchewan Minister of Justice and Attorney General will decide whether to appeal. The appeal, if heard, will be decided on the law as it existed when Gerald Stanley was tried. But for future cases the law can be changed.

Changes to make Canadians confident the jury system is fair should be encouraged. Justice must be seen to be done.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let's not pussyfoot around the issue with claims that government officials didn't specifically say the Stanley case was wrongly decided. It's impossible to see their actions as anything other than a comment on the justice of jury's decision. When the PM and the justice minister respond to questions on the decision with comments on jury selection and meet with the Bouchie family to offer condolences, that's just as much a comment on the decision as coming straight out and saying the jury got it wrong.

Ernest Guiste said...

I believe that Mr. Morton is correct Anonymous.

E.J. Guiste