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Coroners Act 1988

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10Attendance of jurors and witnesses

(1)Where a person duly summoned as a juror at an inquest—

(a)does not, after being openly called three times, appear to the summons; or

(b)appears to the summons but refuses without reasonable excuse to serve as a juror,

the coroner may impose on that person a fine not exceeding £400.

(2)Where a person duly summoned to give evidence at an inquest—

(a)does not, after being openly called three times, appear to the summons; or

(b)appears to the summons but refuses without lawful excuse to answer a question put to him,

the coroner may impose on that person a fine not exceeding £400.

(3)The powers conferred upon a coroner by this section shall be in addition to and not in derogation of any other power which the coroner may possess—

(a)for compelling any person to appear and give evidence before him in any inquest or other proceeding; or

(b)for punishing any person for contempt of court in not so appearing and giving evidence;

but a person shall not be fined by the coroner under this section and also be punished under any such other power.

(4)Notwithstanding anything in the foregoing provisions of this section, a juror shall not be liable to any penalty for non-attendance on a coroner’s jury unless the summons requiring him to attend was duly served on him no later than six days before the day on which he was required to attend.

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