HC Deb 24 March 1937 vol 321 cc2903-4
105. Mr. Pethick-Lawrence

asked the Lord Advocate whether the reforms in Scots law which he advocated in Edinburgh on 19th March would include adequate recompense to jurors for lost time?

The Lord Advocate (Mr. T. M. Cooper)

No, Sir.

Mr. Pethick-Lawrence

Can the Lord Advocate not realise the very great hardship that is inflicted upon jurymen who have to give up their employment and go to the court for a criminal trial, and is he not prepared to consider the importance of dealing with such cases?

The Lord Advocate

Service as a juryman has always been regarded as part of the duty of a citizen, and I do not suppose that there is any demand for the change which the hon. Member suggests.

Mr. Pethick-Lawrence

Has the Lord Advocate inquired of the men who have suffered these great losses of their weekly salaries and wages?

Mr. Macquisten

Is it not the case that Scottish jurymen get 10s. a day in civil causes, whereas English jurymen get only 1s. 6d.?

Sir Archibald Sinclair

Is not the hardship very much felt in rural districts where sometimes people have to travel upwards of 100 miles to the court?

The Lord Advocate

I can only say that I have had no representation on the matter.