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678.     The only provision in the Bill that will result in a significant cost to businesses is the removal of exemptions from jury service. A regulatory impact assessment for the jury service provision is attached. The main points are outlined below.

679     Of those professions previously ineligible or excused from undertaking jury service as of right, an estimated 4,500 individuals will be required to serve on a jury each year. The annual compliance cost will vary depending on the type of profession involved, but is estimated to be about £7.3m in total. These costs are new to the particular professions involved, but not to business as a whole, which currently bears, along with the public sector and wider community, the cost of providing people to attend jury service. Whether the employer or employee will bear most of the costs depends upon whether the employer decides to continue to pay the employee during the period of service. On current rates, employees who are affected by these changes would be able to reclaim an estimated £2.3m in loss of earnings.

680.     A full regulatory impact assessment is available on the Home Office Website:


681     Clause 271 contains provisions relating to the coming into force of the Bill. Section 248 and Schedule 20, section 265, section 268 to 273 come into force on Royal Assent. The remaining provisions come into force on such dates as the Secretary of State by order appoints.


682.     Section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998 requires the Minister in charge of a Bill in either House of Parliament to make a statement before Second Reading about the compatibility of the provisions of the Bill with the Convention rights (as defined by section 1 of that Act). The Home Secretary has made the following statement:

         In my view the provisions of the Criminal Justice Bill are compatible with the Convention rights.

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