§ MR. EUGENE WASON (Clackmannan and Kinross)
I beg to ask Mr. Attorney-General whether, having regard to the frequent disagreement of juries in England, he will consider the advisability of introducing legislation to adopt the same system in jury trails in that country that takes place in Scotland, where three verdicts are possible, and the verdict of the majority is accepted.
§ THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL (Sir JOHN WALTON,) Leeds, S.
said he quite recognised the greater finality of decision afforded by the Scottish system of jury trials; but he feared that, notwithstanding those advantages, the people of this country preferred their own ancient system, which, if it erred at all, erred in the direction of maintaining the presumption of innocence, and preserving liberty. Those were objects with which he entirely sympathised.