Jury trials return to Moscow

  • 2003-07-10
  • Bernard Besserglik
FP MOSCOWRussia's march to a Western-style system of justice, including a universal right to trial by jury, took a large step forward on July 1 when 14 regions including Moscow opened courts with facilities for jury trials. For the first time since the 1917 Revolution the Russian capital and 13 other regions joined 69 districts where the jury system has been in force since the start of the year, a spokesman for the Russian Supreme Court said.Lawyers said the spread of the jury system, which prior to this year had been available in only a handful of regions, should bring the country into lin...
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