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Reference received: 19 March 2002
Report 114: Blind and deaf jurors (PDF, 324.3 KB) [PDF, 328Kb], September 2006
To inquire into and to report on whether persons who are profoundly deaf or have a significant hearing or sight impairment should be able to serve as jurors in New South Wales and, if so, in what circumstances. In undertaking this review, the Commission should have regard to the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW), the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth), and the need to maintain confidence in the administration of justice in New South Wales.
Note: See: Reference 42 - Criminal procedure; and Reference 52 -Conscientious objection to jury servicefor earlier reviews of aspects of the law relating to juries. For subsequent reviews of the law relating to juries see: Reference 111 - Majority verdicts by juries; Reference 112 - Role of juries in setencing; Reference 115 - Jury service; and Reference 116 - Jury directions in criminal trials
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