Preserving the Past, Informing the Future
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CONSTITUTION ARTICLE I, Section 19
Challenges & number of jurors.
Adopted: December 22, 1972 by a popular vote of 381,895 in favor and 156,072 against.
We have passed legislation which reduces the number of jurors to six in all civil cases We are trying to clear up the court dockets, but we do not want to proceed too quickly
--Senator Jackson speaking on the floor of the Connecticut Senate on May 17, 1971 to explain a proposed constitutional amendment which would preserve the right to peremptory challenges for all civil and criminal cases and which retains the right to be tried by a jury of twelve in capital offenses.