LiveVicky Pryce trial - jury discharged

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  • Judge dischareges jury as they fail to come to a verdict.
  • Vicky Pryce charged with perverting the course of justice.
  • She claims she was coerced into doing so by ex-husband Chris Huhne
  • Court heard seven days of evidence
  • Jury deliberated for around 16 hours over four days.
  • Chris Huhne admitted the charge at the start of the trial.



It has now been confirmed that Chris Huhne's sentencing will wait until after the conclusion of the Vicky Pryce retrial.


Don't forget, if you'd like to see the questions the jury asked, see the posts below from between 12.32pm and 12.49pm.



There will be a retrial, starting on Monday.


The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will now decide whether or not they will ask for a retrial.


The jury have now left the court room.


Chris Huhne admitted the charge of perverting the course of justice on the first day of the trial.

Regardless of the jury being discharged in the trial of Vicky Pryce, Huhne will still be sentenced in the next few days, however that may be delayed should a retrial take place.


The judge thanks them for their hard work and that their role is complete.

They sent a note in the last few minutes saying it was "highly unlikely" they would reach a majority verdict and a set of reasons as to the state of affairs they found themselves in.


The judge has discharged the jury.


The jury are currently returning to the court room.



The court is currently breaking for lunch and will resume this afternoon.


Question 8:

Can we speculate about the events at the time VP signed the form or what was in her mind at that time?

Question 9:

Your Honour, the jury is considering the facts provided but have continued to ask the questions raised by the police. Given the case has come to court without answers to the police's questions, please advise on which facts in the bundle the jury shall consider to determine a not guilty or guilty verdict.

Question 10:

Would religious conviction be a good enough reason for a wife feeling that she had no choice i.e. she promised to obey her husband in her wedding vows and he had ordered her to do something and she felt she had to obey?


Question 4:

Can you define what is reasonable doubt?

Question 5:

Can a juror come to a verdict based on a reason that was not presented in court and has no facts or evidence to support it, either from prosecution or defence?

Question 6:

Can we infer anything from the fact that the defence didn't bring witnesses from the time of the offence., such as au pair, neighbours?

Question 7:

Does the defendant have an obligation to present a defence?


Question 1:

You have defined the defence of maritial coercion at page 5 and also explained what does not fall within the definition by way of examples.

Please expand upond the definition (specifically "will was overbourne"), provide examples of what may fall within the defence and does this defence require violence of physical threats?

Question 2:

In the scenario where the defendent may be guilty but there is not evidence provided by the prosecution at the material time of when she signed the NIP to feel sure beyond reasonable doubt, what should the verdict be = not guilty or unable/unsafe to provide a verdict?

Question 3:

If there is a debatable evidence supporting the prosecution's case, can inferences be drawn to arrive at a verdict? If so, inferences/speculation on the full evidence or only where you have directed us to do so (eg. circumstantial evidence, lies, failure by VP to mention facts to the police).


Below are the list of questions asked by the jury of the judge.

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Jury have now been sent away to continue their deliberations knowing that they can return a majority verdict of 10-2.


The judge has indicated to the jury that he is willing to accept a majority verdict rather than a unanimous one.


For a recap of the trial so far, please see the links below:


The jury in the Vicky Pryce trial are continuing their deliberations today regarding Vicky Pryce's charge of perverting the course of justice.

Ms Pryce, the ex-wife of former Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne claims she was coerced into taking his driving penalty points by the Lib Dem in 2003.

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