On Aug. 30, 2021, the Arizona Supreme Court made Arizona the first state in the country to abolish the use of peremptory challenges in jury selection for both criminal and civil trials.

At the same time, our state Supreme Court, in connection with its decision in State v. Andujar, 247 N.J. 275 (2021), has called for a comprehensive review of the jury selection process, and asked the director of the Administrative Office of the Courts to arrange for a Judicial Conference on Jury Selection this fall to explore the nature of discrimination in the jury selection process. It then added that, “The Court invites the legal community as a whole to take part in a probing conversation about additional steps needed to root out discrimination in the selection of juries.”