HC Deb 20 August 1833 vol 20 cc796-7

Mr. Littleton moved the second reading of this Bill.

Mr. Shaw

had no objection to the principle of assimilating the law of England and Ireland on this question, but he considered the mode of doing it as it was done by this Bill to be absurd.

The Solicitor General

supported the Bill, the object of which was to oblige the Sheriff to Select Juries fairly and impartially.

Mr. Sergeant Perrin

took the same view of the Bill. It would secure the selection of a better class of Jurors, and a more impartial mode of selection.

Mr. O'Reilly

approved of the Bill generally, but he did not agree in that part which left the selection to irresponsible persons.

Mr. Lynch

wished the assimilation had had taken place long ago, and regretted that it was not now carried to a greater extent.

Mr. Cobbett

would not say anything on the Bill, as he knew nothing about it, but he hoped that, as it was intended that next Session the House should sit from ten o'clock in the morning to five o'clock in the afternoon, the public business would not be huddled up in this manner, so that Members could not find time to make themselves acquainted with it.

The Bill read a second time.