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VAWA - Primer on Fair Cross Section Jury Pools

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Under the recently reauthorized Violence Against Women Act, 25 USC § 1304(d) requires that in a criminal proceeding in which a participating tribe exercises special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction, the participating tribe shall provide to the defendant…

3. the right to a trial by an impartial jury that is drawn from sources that

A.reflect a fair cross section of the community; and

B.do not systematically exclude any distinctive group in the community, including               non-Indians; and

Although there are other requirements that tribes must satisfy to exercise special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction, an impartial jury drawn from a fair cross section of the community that does not exclude distinctive groups is uncharted legal territory for most tribes. This webinar discusses the basics of a solid jury plan for tribes considering exercising special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction.

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