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House of Commons Hansard
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06 March 2007
Volume 457
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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much was spent on summoning people to do jury service who did not subsequently serve on a jury in each of the last five years. [124883]

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The Jury Central Summoning Bureau (JCSB) have summoned all jurors in England and Wales since 2001. They deal with all summons replies and everything to do with jurors prior to attending court. The entire budget of the JCSB is therefore spent on summoning jurors and so we can estimate the amount spent on summoning jurors who do not serve by proportioning the whole JCSB budget by the percentage who do not serve. On that basis the total spent on summoning jurors who did not serve in each of the last five years was:

£

2001-02

528,000

2002-03

507,000

2003-04

525,000

2004-05

541,000

2005-06

623,000

Those who do not serve as jurors fall into two broad categories: those who are excused or disqualified; and those who do not respond to their jury summons.