HC Deb 19 March 1886 vol 303 cc1360-1
MR. SEXTON (Sligo, S.)

asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether the Law as to summoning jurors in Ireland requires that the panel should be exhausted before any juror is summoned twice; whether it is the fact that in Antrim and other Irish counties some jurors are summoned frequently, and others not at all; and, what steps will be taken to secure the even and impartial operation of the Law?

THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Mr. JOHN MORLEY) (Newcastle - on - Tyne)

The Juries Act contains a provision for the purpose stated in the Question. I am not aware whether any such practice exists as that stated in the second paragraph of the Question; but if the hon. Member will kindly furnish particulars of what he complains of, I will see that careful inquiries are made. The law is, that if any juror was summoned out of his turn he can make a complaint, and if it is proved the returning officer is liable to be fined, and the fine might be paid to the juror to recoup his personal expenses.