The Herald reports that the "Urewera 18" are to be denied the right to a trial by jury (actually this was kind of big news last year, or should have been, but the media largely ignored the story).
The Court of Appeal yesterday upheld the decision of the High Court in December ruling that the trials would take place in front of a judge only.
In a bizarre twist, a suppression order exists, so that reasons for the decision cannot be given.
To be tried before one's peers is a right that should be taken away from a defendant facing serious charges in only the rarest of cases. It seems almost abhorrent to justice that we aren't even allowed to know the reason why this time.