Marchers probably not on the jury of the Higgins trial



People who attended the women’s march in protest or followed Brittany Higgins on Twitter are likely to be excused as potential jurors in her case, a court has heard.

The trial of Bruce Lehrmann, who has pleaded not guilty to unauthorized sexual intercourse, will begin on October 4.

Chief Justice Lucy McCallum said she should ask each jury to “search their souls and see if they can be impartial.”

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Those who “support or champion” the case are unlikely, she told the ACT Supreme Court on Friday.

This also applies if they attended a National Press Club talk by Ms. Higgins and Grace Tame or “any other event at which Ms. Higgins spoke”.

Although, the reasons for participation would be considered.

“If it was a security guard (officer) or journalist, they wouldn’t necessarily have to be apologised,” the chief judge said.

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She noted that the same would be true for any potential juror who leaned strongly the other way.

But she said there would be no shortage of potential jurors with a line likely to get “outside the courtroom.”



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