Amendment Article IV
CONSTITUTION ARTICLE I, Section 19
Challenges & number of jurors.
HJR 83 1971
Committee: Judiciary: None
Total Pages: 9 pages
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.