HC Deb 02 November 1979 vol 972 cc705-6W
Mr. Leighton

asked the Attorney-General what are the guidelines controlling the checking of jury panels as issued in July 1975.

The Attorney-General

The guidelines controlling the practice of jury checks are contained in the statement made by the then Attorney-General on 10 October 1978, a copy of which was laid in the Library of the House.

Mr. Clegg

asked the Attorney-General whether he has made any estimate of the length of time added to trials when particulars of a jury panel have been given to the Crown or the defence.

The Attorney-General

The making of a check on the jury panel does not itself extend the length of the trial on the very rare occasions it is undertaken.