Jubilee Line Corruption Trial
CourtCentral Criminal Court
Full case nameThe Crown against (most formally Regina versus) Rayment and others (Stephen Rayment, Mark Woodward-Smith, Paul Maw, Paul Fisher, Mark Skinner, Graham Scard and Anthony Wootton)
Started25 June 2003
Decided22 March 2005
Citation(s)HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate Report June 2006
Court membership
Judge(s) sittingJudge Ann Goddard QC
Case opinions
The Jubilee Line case, which had been ongoing since 2003, was terminated in 2005 after the prosecution chose not to oppose the discharge of the jury, leading to public concern and media attention; subsequently, the Attorney General initiated a review to examine the case's circumstances and suggest measures to prevent similar outcomes.
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The Jubilee line corruption trial (Regina v. Rayment and others; defendants were S. Rayment, M. Woodward-Smith, P. Maw, P. Fisher, M. Skinner, G. Scard and A. Wootton[1]) was a trial at the Old Bailey in London, England.

It began on 25 June 2003, lasted 21 months, and collapsed on 22 March 2005 upon the prosecution announcing its decision not to oppose a defence application to discharge the jury.[2]

Dispute

The trial centered around accusations that companies had manipulated the bidding process, exchanged confidential information, and engaged in corrupt practices to win contracts for various aspects of the Jubilee Line Extension from London Underground Limited (LUL) in the 1990s.[3]

The two primary defendants managed a quantity surveying firm called RWS.[4] The prosecution alleged that they had influenced specific LUL personnel to access confidential financial data from LUL. This information was purportedly used fraudulently for a client contractor during the initial tendering process on contracts worth tens of millions of pounds[3] and later for multiple client contractors making claims against LUL for contractual changes. One defendant admitted partial guilt for fraudulent actions during the tendering process, while all other defendants denied involvement.[1]

Outcomes

The trial sparked concerns about the readiness of juries, which are selected randomly from the working-age population, to participate in lengthy, full-day trials.[5]

The trial faced several issues, such as two jurors being discharged due to personal reasons. Another juror had been assured she could get married and go on a honeymoon in June 2005, but it turned out the trial would still be ongoing at that time. Additionally, two of the defendants became sick during the lengthy trial.[5]

The total expense for the police investigation, legal proceedings, and the entire trial, which also included expenses for the jurors and legal aid, amounted to approximately £60 million. When the trial fell apart, it led to an examination of the "investigation and legal procedures" by the Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service. The results of this review were published in June 2006.[1]

It has been described as one of the longest jury trials to have occurred in the UK, although a subsequent case in Scotland in 2017 sat for longer.[6]

The "striking" juror[clarification needed] who ultimately brought about the collapse remarked that the trial caused him loss of earnings that threatened his ability to pay Oxford University fees for a course set to start in October 2005.[7] The juror set to marry lost both her wedding date and her job.[2]

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References

  1. ^ a b c HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (June 2006). "Review of the investigation and criminal proceedings relating to the jubilee line case" (PDF). HMCPSI. Retrieved 11 August 2023.
  2. ^ a b Davies, Carol (25 March 2005). "Marathon trial cost juror her wedding and a job". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Jubilee line £60m fraud trial collapses". The Independent. 23 March 2005. Retrieved 12 August 2023.
  4. ^ Clark, Phil; Clark 2005-03-23T09:29:00+00:00, Phil Clark Phil. "QSs freed after Jubilee Line Extension fraud case collapses". Building. Retrieved 12 August 2023.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ a b Leigh, David (23 March 2005). "Jury protest forces fraud trial collapse after 2 years". Guardian newspapers. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Two found guilty of fraud after UK's longest criminal trial". BBC News. 16 May 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  7. ^ Lusher, Adam (27 March 2005). "No regrets: The juror accused of precipitating the collapse of the £60m Jubilee Line fraud trial by going on strike'". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 February 2017.