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Art. 1531.  Right to waive trial by jury

A.  A defendant charged in juvenile court with a misdemeanor triable by jury may knowingly and intelligently waive a trial by jury and elect to be tried by the judge.  At the time of arraignment, the defendant in such cases shall be informed by the court of his right to waive trial by jury.

B.  The defendant shall exercise his right to waive trial by jury within fifteen days after the arraignment.  However, with permission of the court, he may exercise his right to waive trial by jury at any time prior to the commencement of trial.

C.  The defendant may withdraw a waiver of trial by jury unless the court finds that withdrawal of the waiver would result in interference with the administration of justice, unnecessary delay, unnecessary inconvenience to witnesses, or prejudice to the state.

Acts 1991, No. 235, §15, eff. Jan. 1, 1992.

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