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Juries: Coronavirus

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 68742, tabled on 3 July 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to suspend temporarily the right to trial by jury to tackle the backlog of cases as a result of the covid-19 outbreak; and whether his Department would be required to conduct an impact assessment before introducing that suspension.

Answered on

8 July 2020

We have now published our court recovery plan, setting out how we are recovering the operations of our courts and tribunals after the pandemic and a more detailed criminal court recovery plan will follow. We are continuing to increase capacity.

We have no plans to remove the right to a trial by jury, something which I am deeply committed to.

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