HC Deb 11 February 1887 vol 310 cc1235-6
MR. COBB (Warwick, S.E., Rugby)

asked Mr. Solicitor General for Ireland, Whether, under the jury system in Ireland, the advisers of the Crown have the power, in the case of the "Queen. v. John Dillon, M.P., and others," to select out of the 250 names on the panel such jury as they may think fit, subject only to the right of the prisoners to challenge six names out of the whole panel?


The Crown has the power, subject to the traversers' right of challenge, to direct any juror to stand by until the panel is gone through. Under the provisions of the Juries Act the names of all the jurors are put in a ballot-box and balloted for, and the jurors who are drawn and are present are called to the jury-box accordingly. The power of the Crown to stand by is exercised when the juror drawn in the ballot is called to be sworn, and is technically limited only by the condition that the inquest shall not remain untaken. In this respect there does not appear to be any difference between the English and Irish law, though there may he some in practice.

MR. T. C. HARRINGTON (Dublin, Harbour)

Arising out of the answer of the hon. and learned Gentleman, I desire to ask whether the power exercised by the Crown has been exercised in this case by the Crown Solicitor; and whether it was true—


Order, order!