HC Deb 28 June 1988 vol 136 c161W
Mr. Wilkinson

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to provide support and protection to jurors who are subjected to intimidation during and following trials, in the light of the recent incidents at the trials of football hooligans.

Mr. John Patten

Protection of jurors is an operational matter for chief officers of police. They are aware of the dangers, and if necessary seek the authority of the trial judge to provide police protection to prevent interference. Acts calculated to prejudice the administration of justice are punishable as contempt of court, or may amount to attempts to pervert the course of justice. We are satisfied that the police and judges have the necessary powers.