Jury Service

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th November 1994.

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Photo of Mr John Marshall Mr John Marshall , Hendon South 12:00 am, 24th November 1994

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes he plans to make regarding jury service by people on bail.

Photo of David Maclean David Maclean Minister of State (Home Office)

Section 40 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 excludes people on bail from jury service. This provision will come into force early next year.

Photo of Mr John Marshall Mr John Marshall , Hendon South

Does my hon. Friend accept that that will be welcomed by many people because many crimes are committed by individuals on bail, which is far too easy to obtain?

Photo of David Maclean David Maclean Minister of State (Home Office)

I thank my hon. Friend for his warm welcome for those sensible provisions in the Criminal Justice Act. People want us to strike a sensible balance between those who can serve on juries and those who, because of their criminal conduct and being charged with an offence, would be inappropriate to serve on a jury. That sensible measure, too, has been welcomed by the police service.