When a juror had sent a letter to the judge, in good faith, criticising the conduct of other members of the jury, the judge was not obliged as a matter of law to question the members of the jury before deciding whether a lawful verdict could be achieved by the giving of a further direction rather than by discharging the jury. The position was no different if counsel for the accused had assented to the judge giving the further direction.

[2005] UKHL 12

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