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The Right to Decide How the Court Should be Composed
The accused has the opportunity to decide the makeup of their panel. They are able to pick from either exclusively having officers to be on the panel, or they can opt for just a judge instead.
This decision should obviously be case dependent. A technical defense may be better suited to a judge rather than a panel, for instance. It’s often thought that a panel is more likely to hand out a more lenient sentence. However, it is best to base any decisions on individual circumstances rather than generalizations.