HC Deb 06 February 1902 vol 102 c521

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the fact that his Honour judge Emden, sitting at the Lambeth County Court, recently excused a juryman from service on the ground that he was a volunteer, and therefore already giving up some of his time for the benefit of the public; and whether, in view of the support which has been so frequently accorded to the policy thus indicated, he will consider the propriety of bringing in a Bill to give every efficient volunteer a definite immunity from jury service.


No, Sir. This question has been thoroughly considered on several occasions, and, although I have much sympathy with the desire to excuse volunteers or others who give their time similarly to the public service from acting as jurymen, it has not been found possible to grant the exemption.