AUSTRALIAN JURISTS AND LAWMAKERS URGED TO CONSIDER MEDIATION IN PLACE OF JURY TRIALS

AM, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s early morning current affairs program, reported this morning that Australian legislators and jurists may be contemplating a change to the Australian criminal justice system. Under consideration is the use of mediation in place of jury trials in criminal matters, a system already utilized in Canada. Judges would serve as mediators between the prosecution and defense counsel, although the victim and the accused would not be present for the negotiations.

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