AG: Lawyers think jurors are too young

Attorney General Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin said a number of lawyers have been complaining about the average age of jurors who are deciding the fate of accused persons being tried in the criminal court.

He said the concern is that the average age seems to be dropping over time.

“They ought to be experienced, grown up and mature people in my view, who understand the world. Many lawyers are complaining that the panel is getting younger and younger and they argue they would like to see a more mature bunch who would understand life, lived, been there and done that and understood,” Benjamin told OBSERVER media.

In Antigua & Barbuda, under the Jury Act, a person can qualify to serve as a juror from the age of 18 to 65.

(M0re in today’s Daily Observer)