Federal judges say no to 12-member civil juries.
Opposition by federal district judges, who had expressed their opinions during a preliminary round of commentary, was crucial to the final decision, according to a spokesperson for the Judicial Conference. (Federal Judges Consider Return to Mandatory 12-Member Juries, TRIAL, Sept. 1996, at 16.) The informal preliminary comment among district judges, many of whom have been using smaller panels since the late 1970s, was 39 opposed versus 1 supporter. Some commenters represented groups of judges.
The judges generally felt that the change would be expensive to implement because of ongoing construction plans that anticipate eight-member and six-member civil panels, and they felt that the current system is working well.
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|Date:||Nov 1, 1996|
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