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Police Vetted Jury Pool For Crown

Ca: Police Vetted Jury Pool For Crown

Police forces in Barrie, Ont., and the surrounding region have been conducting background checks of potential jurors without their knowledge for several years at the request of the Ministry of the Attorney-General, according to documents obtained by the National Post.

Confidential police databases were searched to see if people had a criminal record, were ever charged with an offence or had dealings with the mental health system. The searches were part of a Crown practice to weed out what they considered “disreputable persons” for the jury pool.

Source – National Post

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