(1) A coroner may at any time during an inquest discharge a juror-
(a) where, in the interests of justice, it appears to the coroner expedient to do so; or
(b) in the interests of the juror.
(2) Where during an inquest a juror is discharged under subsection (1) or dies-
(a) subject to paragraph (b)-
(i) the inquest shall be proceeded with in a like manner as if the required number of jurors had continued on the jury; and
(ii) the jury shall be considered as remaining properly constituted for the purpose of the inquest; and
(b) the coroner-
(i) if he considers it in the interests of justice to do so, may discharge the remaining jurors and order a new inquest to be held; and
(ii) if the number of the remaining jurors is less than 3, shall discharge them and order a new inquest to be held.