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Jury Vetting

Volume 976: debated on Friday 21 December 1979

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asked the Attorney-General if, in view of the fact that the Crown's right of peremptory challenge was abolished by the Juries Act 1825, section 29, he will now withdraw the guidelines on jury vetting published in October 1978 inasmuch as they are based on the practice of challenging prospective jurors.

No. Section 29 of the Juries Act 1825 merely re-enacted the Ordinance for Inquests 1305 repealed by section 62 of the same Act and did not affect the Crown's long-accepted right to stand by jurors.