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Mr. Mackinlay: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on the circumstances under which a recent High Court trial was abandoned as a result of the liaison of a police officer with a member of the jury. [145740]

Jane Kennedy: The re-trial of the case in question, which commenced on 15 December 2000, was halted by His Honour Judge Crawford Lindsay QC when the court received information to the effect that a female juror was in a relationship with one of the police officers who had been assigned as her jury protection officer.