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Juries

Justice written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Secretary of State (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many incidents of jury (a) intimidation and (b) tampering were recorded in each of the last five years.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

My Department does not hold information regarding the number of incidents of jury intimidation or tampering prior to 2008-09.

In 2008-09 the number of incidents of jury intimidation reported to Her Majesty's Courts Service was four (4) and, from 1 April 2009 to 31 December 2009 (figures available for 2009-10) two (2).

The Ministry takes all security incidents, including jury intimidation very seriously and all instances are reported to the resident judge in the first instance and then, where appropriate, to the police.

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