Urewera 15 appeal for jury trial

03:14, Apr 19 2011

The Urewera 15 have sought leave to appeal to the Supreme Court over the decision to be tried by a judge rather than a jury.

The trial of the 15 defendants charged in relation to the Urewera "anti-terror raids" in 2007, including activists Tame Iti and Valerie Morse, is due to begin on May 30.

Due to the complexity of the trial, the court decided the case would be heard by judge-alone.

A defence challenge to the Court of Appeal was unsuccessful and Crown prosecutor Ross Burns today confirmed the group had sought leave to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

A Supreme Court spokesman said applications to appeal were received yesterday though they had not yet been considered by the court.