Peremptory challenge

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Formerly, the right of the accused or the Crown to object to a member of the jury array being chosen to serve on the jury, without being required to offer any explanation for the objection. The Crown and the accused each had a limited number of peremptory challenges, which varied with the offence charged. As of 2019, peremptory challenges were removed from the Criminal Code.

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