13Abolition of peremptory challenge in criminal casesN.I.
(1)Article 15 of the Juries (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (challenges in criminal cases) is amended as follows.
(2)In paragraph (1), omit sub-paragraph (a) (including the word “and” at the end).
(3)In paragraph (2), for “shall challenge only” substitute “ may challenge any juror or jurors ”.
(4)After paragraph (4) insert—
“(5)In addition and without prejudice to any powers which the court may possess to order the exclusion of the public from any proceedings, the judge may order that the hearing of a challenge for cause shall be in camera or in chambers.”