Coronavirus could prompt the biggest changes to jury trials since World War Two, the head of judiciary in England and Wales has told the BBC.

Social distancing could mean fewer jurors at trials and sittings moved to bigger buildings such as university lecture theatres, said Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett.

Jury trials across the UK were halted in March due to the virus.

“Blue-sky thinking” on restarting them safely is ongoing, said Lord Burnett.

If social distancing lasts for months, Lord Burnett warned: “It is going to be necessary to look at more radical measures to enable jury trials to continue.

“I would support a move to reduce the number of jurors. That was done during the Second World War.

“Plainly, it would be easier to ensure a safe trial

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