Ministers drop plan for non-jury fraud trials

The government has dropped plans to introduce non-jury trials in complex
fraud cases, it was reported today.

Opposition in the Lords from Liberal Democrat and Conservative peers has
forced ministers to reconsider the plan which was due to be voted on next

A compromise will now be drawn up, it was reported in the Financial

A Norwich Union report published today claims that fraud totals £16bn every
year in the UK, rising 15% in the last five years.

The insurer estimates fraud costs the average household £650, or £340 per
adult, each year.

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