HC Deb 11 December 1906 vol 167 c150
MR. DILLON (Mayo, E.)

On behalf of the hon. Member for North Sligo, I beg to ask Mr. Attorney-General for Ireland whether he is aware that 200 jurors have been summoned to attend the winter assizes in Sligo, at which only 9 cases are to be tried; will he state who fixed the number at 200, and by what authority; and will he see that Sligo jurors are not in future subjected to needless inconvenience and expense.


I am informed that the facts are as stated in the Question. The number of jurors summoned to attend assizes in any county is in the discretion of the high sheriff. He is bound by law to summon what he considers to be a sufficient number. The High Sheriff of the County of Sligo informs me that, having due regard to the number of jurors summoned who fail to attend, to those who are excused for various reasons, age, infirmity, etc., by the Judge, and to those who cannot serve by reason of the fact that they are also summoned on the grand jury, he did not consider 200 an excessive number to summon for the recent winter assizes. I have no power to interfere with his discretion.