The article below discusses an attempt by some to reduce the number of peremptory challenges afforded criminal defendants in the state of Victoria in Australia. At present, defense attorneys have 6 peremptory challenges but some would like to see that number reduced to 3. For those seeking the reduction, they argue that fewer peremptories will lead to more diverse juries. Apparently, many of the peremptory challenges exercised by defense counsel in Victoria target women.
The Age: Push to halve juror challenges