September 2021 Arizona E-News
GOOD LAWYERS. CHANGING LIVES. ®
|Arizona’s Supreme Court Eliminates Peremptory Challenges|
|In a landmark rule change by the Arizona Supreme Court, Arizona became the first state to eliminate the century-old practice of peremptory juror challenges. Peremptory challenges have been utilized by litigating attorneys to attempt to strike jurors which were felt to be detrimental to their client’s case.
Supporters say it is a move designed to combat systemic discrimination; however, there have been safeguards called Batson challenges. While this may streamline the trial process, it is important to find counsel that understands the change in the law to select the best jury for their client’s case.