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Legislation Would Protect Juror Privacy

PRIVACY LAW—NEW ZEALAND

April 7, 2011

New legislation aimed at helping to protect jurors' privacy has been introduced in the New Zealand Parliament. The National Business Review reports on the Juries Amendment Bill, which includes a provision to remove potential jurors' addresses from jury panel lists in the wake of an incident where a convicted murderer wrote to one of the jurors whose names he saw on such a list. Justice Minister Simon Power said changes have been made to protect juror privacy, but the incident highlights the need for further restrictions, including prohibiting defense counsel from showing juror addresses to defendants.
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