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Juries to be scrapped in complex fraud trials

PUBLISHED June 22, 2005

The right to jury trial is to be scrapped for more than a dozen of the most complex fraud trials every year, which will be heard by a judge sitting alone.

The controversial move was signalled by the lord chancellor, Lord Falconer, last April, but the attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, announced yesterday that the government would be pressing ahead with a parliamentary vote on it in the autumn.