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Juries: Wales

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment his Department has made of the cost of providing bilingual juries in Wales. (197601)

I refer the hon. Member to Part 1 of our consultation document “The Use of Bilingual (English and Welsh-speaking) Juries in Certain Criminal Trials in Wales”, some options for bilingual juries would give rise to additional costs. A copy of the consultation document is on the CJS website at:

http://www.cjsonline.gov.uk/downloads/application/pdf/Welsh%20jury%20consultation%20-%20English.pdf

We have identified potential resource implications for the Jury Central Summoning Bureau (JCSB) and in moving jurors further than usual, whether in hotel fees or travel costs. These costs have not been quantified. In the event that we were to decide in principle in favour of bilingual juries, full costings would be carried out.