Criminal Justice Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:30 pm on 30th October 2003.

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Photo of Lord Neill of Bladen Lord Neill of Bladen Crossbench 6:30 pm, 30th October 2003

My Lords, I thank the noble and learned Lord for giving way. I know that this is trespassing on a further part of the Bill, but is not his response completely unreal? We can imagine that, in some of the cases that come up for retrial, there will have been a public clamour, television programmes, newspaper articles and relatives groups whipping up interest. The person who is accused will be perfectly well known—his face will have appeared regularly. The jury in charge of trying him for a second time will know perfectly well that the Court of Appeal must have cleared the case. Juries are quite smart these days.