HC Deb 18 July 1913 vol 55 cc1588-9W

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he has received a resolution from the Lismore Rural District Council calling attention to the fact that jurors are summoned to assizes in Ireland when their services are not required, owing to the non-existence of crime, as in the case of the Waterford Assizes just held; and whether he will amend the law as soon as possible in this matter by providing that jurors summoned to assizes should get notice that their attendance would not be required?


I have received the resolution referred to. I am advised that the jurors were summoned in accordance with the provisions of the Jurors (Ireland) Acts, 1871 to 1876. It is necessary that they should be summoned, as it is not possible to say until the last moment whether there will be any cases requiring their attendance, as it frequently happens that cases are returned for trial immediately before the opening of the assizes. The suggested change in the law is not feasible.

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