Constitutional Amendment Article IV

Amendment Article IV


Challenges & number of jurors.

HJR 83                       1971

            Senate:            1984-1987

            House:            2366-2370

            Committee:     Judiciary:    None

                                                Total Pages: 9  pages


Adopted: December 22, 1972 by a popular vote of  381,895 in favor and 156,092 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.