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Clause 29

Part of Counter-Terrorism Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:15 pm on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Attorney General 3:15 pm, 8th May 2008

These are probing amendments, but yes. If we were to have a jury on a Newton hearing, we would have to empanel the jury in rather the same way  as one empanels a jury to decide if somebody is insane—in order to determine on the facts whether it was a terrorist-related matter. That is one issue. I was raising another issue, which is about the mechanism in a jury trial where an allegation is being made of a terrorist connection. How does one go about dealing with that in terms of the jury being able to indicate if it concludes, having heard all the evidence, that there is no terrorist connection?