At the Limerick Quarter Sessions yesterday, only 12 out of the 23 summoned Grand Jurors were present. Despite being short of the regular number, it was decided to proceed by swearing them in, with the understanding that all would have to sign any bill found. With only one case for trial, the Grand Jury returned to the court only to have the foreman announce that one juror refused to sign. Judge Adams declared this insufficient for a bill and subsequently discharged the prisoner. With the Crown’s business collapsing, the Judge imposed a fine of two guineas on each absent Grand Juror for their failure to perform their civic duty, which contributed to a miscarriage of justice.
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette – Saturday 04 October 1902