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Jury Vetting

Volume 972: debated on Friday 2 November 1979

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asked the Attorney-General what are the guidelines controlling the checking of jury panels as issued in July 1975.

The guidelines controlling the practice of jury checks are contained in the statement made by the then Attorney-General on 10 October 1978, a copy of which was laid in the Library of the House.

asked the Attorney-General whether he has made any estimate of the length of time added to trials when particulars of a jury panel have been given to the Crown or the defence.

The making of a check on the jury panel does not itself extend the length of the trial on the very rare occasions it is undertaken.