Islanders invited to join Jersey Citizens Jury to discuss allowing assisted dying

People in Jersey are being invited to join a Citizens Jury to discuss if assisted dying should be allowed in the island.

Invites are being sent to 4,600 randomly selected households, calling on anyone over the age of 16 to register their interest in taking part in the discussion. The government says those selected will "demographically represent" the island's population. Once established, the jury will hold online sessions in the Spring, with the main question being should assisted dying be permitted in Jersey and if so, under what circumstances? The aim is for the jury to then make their recommendations to the States Assembly at the end of the year.

Jersey's Health Minister says he wanted to set up the Citizen's Jury last year but had to delay it because of the coronavirus pandemic.

An independent panel has also been set up to ensure the integrity of the jury and that it is engaged with best practice.

Guernsey campaigner Sarah Griffith pushed for politicians in Guernsey to debate legalising assisted dying in 2018, although failed to get the law changed.

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