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Juries

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the cost was of protective measures for juries (a) in circumstances in which allegations of jury tampering had been made and (b) in other circumstances in each of the last five years; (316319)

(2) how many juries have been provided with police protection in each of the last five years; and what the cost was of providing that protection.

My Ministry does not hold information on either the costs of protective measures for juries in which allegations of jury tampering have been made or any other circumstances and on the number of juries who have been provided with police protection in each of the last five years and the cost of providing that protection. These are an operational policing matter.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) trials have been adjourned as a result of jury intimidation and (b) re-trials have been ordered in each of the last five years. (316320)

Her Majesty’s Courts Service does not record any data centrally on the number of re-trials ordered as a result of a trial being adjourned for jury intimidation. This could be obtained only by the inspection of individual case files which would incur a disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents of jury (a) intimidation and (b) tampering were recorded in each of the last five years. (316322)

My Department does not hold information regarding the number of incidents of jury intimidation or tampering prior to 2008-09.

In 2008-09 the number of incidents of jury intimidation reported to Her Majesty’s Courts Service was four (4) and, from 1 April 2009 to 31 December 2009 (figures available for 2009-10) two (2).

The Ministry takes all security incidents, including jury intimidation very seriously and all instances are reported to the resident judge in the first instance and then, where appropriate, to the police.