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Good morning. I’m Andrew Sparrow, taking over from Simon Murphy.
On the Today programme this morning Lord Burnett, the lord chief justice, said he would support reducing the number of jurors needed for a trial to allow the courts to continue in the era of social distancing.
There is blue-sky thinking going on at the moment. It is going to be necessary to look at more radical measures to enable jury trials to continue.
I would support a move in those circumstances to reduce the number of jurors needed for a trial. Plainly it would be easier to ensure a safe trial for everybody with social distancing and other precautions if the number of people involved in a trial was reduced by a few.
The use of big venues, all of this I can assure you is already being thought about.
You can’t have juries sitting together cheek by jowl, you can’t have them expectorating towards each other in a tiny jury box.