Mr Justice Sweeney told the jury in the Vicky Pryce trial:
I have received your note which indicates that it is 'highly unlikely' that you are going to reach even a majority verdict.
I am grateful for that.
Against the background of the length of time that you have been in retirement already, I have decided therefore, and it is my decision one way or the other, that I must discharge you from any further deliberations.
That means that your role in this case is now over.