Increasing The Size of All Juries in Florida

Public defenders are supporting legislation to require twelve member juries across Florida.

Current law requires only six jurors except in capital murder and condemnation hearings.

Miami Public Defender Carlos Martinez says larger juries will better reflect the community. “The twelve really permits for the public to have more confidence in the process. That more closely reflects...I agree with the amendment that took out the requirement that it reflect the community, but the fact you have twelve, it is less likely to have an all female jury.

The legislation was approved by the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on a 4-3 vote.

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