The New Zealand Law Society is concerned that the Law Commission's proposed reforms of the trial process could erode an accused's right to a fair trial.
Among proposed changes is doing away with the jury and judge system as we know it and replacing it with a new system which involves in some cases a judge and a couple of private citizens who will sit as a jury.
Law Society spokesman Jonathan Krebs says a lot of these proposals are driven by the desire to soften the process for complainants particularly children.
"Well we have to be very careful that we don't spend so much time worrying about how the victim feels that we lose sight of the ability of an accused person to test their accuser."
Mr Krebs says the Law Society is also opposed to the proposal that would see a judge making a decision before a trial as to whether the evidence is sufficient to go to trial.
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