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Cantabrica Coach Holdings Limited v Vehicle Inspectorate (on Appeal From a Divisional Court of the Queen’s Bench Division): HL 22 Nov 2001

A transport examiner investigating compliance with the drivers hours regulations was allowed to remove records from an office for examination, and a company refusing him to be allowed to do that committed an offence. Where removal was necessary, whether because of the number of documents or the absence of adequate copying facilities, an examiner must … Continue reading Cantabrica Coach Holdings Limited v Vehicle Inspectorate (on Appeal From a Divisional Court of the Queen’s Bench Division): HL 22 Nov 2001

Regina v Kansal, on a Reference From the Criminal Cases Review Commission (2): CACD 24 May 2001

Once a case had been referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the court had to make a declaration, even if the case was very old. The effect of the 1998 Act on statute law was not retrospective, but where it affected common law the effect could be retrospective, since … Continue reading Regina v Kansal, on a Reference From the Criminal Cases Review Commission (2): CACD 24 May 2001

Regina v Criminal Cases Review Commission ex parte Pearson: Admn 18 May 1999

The defendant sought judicial review of the decision not to refer her case back to the court of appeal. She had been convicted of the murder of her hsuband’s new partner. She said it had been her husband. Held: The court set out the approach to be taken when a defendant raises the defence of … Continue reading Regina v Criminal Cases Review Commission ex parte Pearson: Admn 18 May 1999

Davey v Lee: 1968

Lord Parker CJ defined ‘attempt’ in criminal law: ‘What amounts to an attempt has been described variously in the authorities, and for my part I prefer to adopt the definition given in Stephen’s Digest of the Criminal Law, 5th Ed. (1894) art. 50, where it says that: ‘An attempt to commit a crime is an … Continue reading Davey v Lee: 1968

Practice Direction (Crime: Sentence: Loss of Time): 1980

Appellants were reminded of the courts powers to make a loss of time order in the case of inappropriate appeals against sentence. Citations: [1980] 1 WLR 270 Statutes: Criminal Appeal Act 1968 29 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Cited by: Cited – Regina v Kuimba CACD 12-Apr-2005 In dismissing the defendant’s appeal, the court expressed the … Continue reading Practice Direction (Crime: Sentence: Loss of Time): 1980

In Re Spenborough Urban District Council’s agreement; Spenborough Corporation v Cooke Sons and Company Ltd: ChD 1968

A contract regulating the flow of industrial effluents into a public sewer contained no power of termination notwithstanding that the agreement it replaced did. Held: There is no presumption in law that a joint venture is not terminable.Buckley J said: ‘Since ex hypothesi such an agreement contains no provision expressly dealing with determination by the … Continue reading In Re Spenborough Urban District Council’s agreement; Spenborough Corporation v Cooke Sons and Company Ltd: ChD 1968

Regina v Mondon: CACD 1968

The appellant had been unrepresented throughout her trial. She appealed, complaining that the prosecutor had been allowed to make a closing speech. Held: The conviction was quashed. Lord Justice Edmund Davies drew attention to the impact which that speech might have had on the jury’s determination of the issues in relation to fact which arose, … Continue reading Regina v Mondon: CACD 1968

Director of Public Prosecutions v Ottewell: HL 1968

The antecedent criminal history of an offender is a factor which may be taken into account in determining the sentence to be imposed, but it cannot be given such weight as to lead to the imposition of a penalty which is disproportionate to the gravity of the instant offence. The offender must be regarded as … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Ottewell: HL 1968

Regina v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, Ex parte Blackburn: CA 1968

Answerability of Chief Constables The constitutional status of the Commissioner had never been defined, either by statute or by the courts. By common law police officers owe to the general public a duty to enforce the criminal law. The court considered the extent to which a court could interfere with decisions made by a Chief … Continue reading Regina v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, Ex parte Blackburn: CA 1968

Armah v Government of Ghana and Another: HL 1968

The appellant was committed under 1881 Act to await his return to Ghana to face trial on corruption charges. He applied for a writ of habeas corpus contending inter alia that it would be unjust and oppressive to return him since he would be liable to be tried under the provisions of the Corrupt Practices … Continue reading Armah v Government of Ghana and Another: HL 1968

Haughton v Smith, On Appeal From Regina v Smith (Roger): HL 21 Nov 1973

The defendant appealed against his conviction for attempting to handle stolen goods. They were to be delivered to him in a van, but the meat was intercepted and recovered by the police. The defendant argued that he should not be convicted of attempting the impossible, since the goods were no longer stolen, having returned to … Continue reading Haughton v Smith, On Appeal From Regina v Smith (Roger): HL 21 Nov 1973

Regina v Preddy; Regina v Slade; Regina v Dhillon (Conjoined Appeals): HL 10 Jul 1996

The appellants were said to have made false mortgage applications. They appealed convictions for dishonestly obtaining property by deception. Held: A chose in action created by an electronic bank transfer was not property which was capable of being ‘obtained’ by deception under the Theft Act. The transfer of funds was carried out by the debiting … Continue reading Regina v Preddy; Regina v Slade; Regina v Dhillon (Conjoined Appeals): HL 10 Jul 1996

Blackburn v Commissioner of the Police for the Metropolis: CA 1968

By common law police officers owe to the general public a duty to enforce the criminal law. However, police are servants of no one but the law itself, and a chief officer of police has a wide discretion as to the manner in which the duty is discharged. It is for him to decide how … Continue reading Blackburn v Commissioner of the Police for the Metropolis: CA 1968

Padfield v Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: HL 14 Feb 1968

Exercise of Ministerial Discretion The Minister had power to direct an investigation in respect of any complaint as to the operation of any marketing scheme for agricultural produce. Milk producers complained about the price paid by the milk marketing board for their milk when compared with prices paid to producers in other regions. The Minister … Continue reading Padfield v Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: HL 14 Feb 1968

Conway v Rimmer: HL 28 Feb 1968

Crown Privilege for Documents held by the Polie The plaintiff probationary police constable had been investigated, prosecuted and cleared of an allegation of theft. He now claimed damages for malicious prosecution, and in the course of the action, sought disclosure of five documents, but these were withheld on the ground of Crown privilege. The House … Continue reading Conway v Rimmer: HL 28 Feb 1968

Metropolitan Properties Company (FGC) Limited v Lannon; 11 Jul 1968

References: [1968] RVR 490, [1968] EWCA Civ 5, [1968] 3 All ER 304, [1968] 3 WLR 694, (1968) 19 P & CR 856, [1969] 1 QB 577 Links: Bailii Coram: Lord Denning MR, Danckwerts LJ, Edmund Davies LJ Tenants of apartments asked the Rent Officer to fix the fair rents. On appeal, the rents were … Continue reading Metropolitan Properties Company (FGC) Limited v Lannon; 11 Jul 1968

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Walls, Regina v: CACD 3 Mar 2011

The court was asked whether, after the appellant had been tried and convicted at the Crown Court in Coventry on 26 November 2008 of offences of sexual assault on a child under 13, the court should admit under s.23 of the Criminal Appeal Act 1968 . .

Petch and Coleman v Regina: CACD 13 Jul 2005

The defendants appealed their convictions for murder, saying that a co-defendant, have been captured after fleeing the country had later been treated more leniently, a plea of manslaughter having been accepted. Held: In order to substitute convictions for manslaughter, the court would first have to quash the convictions for murder, which was only possible if … Continue reading Petch and Coleman v Regina: CACD 13 Jul 2005

Regina v Maynard, Dudley etc: CACD 31 Jul 2002

The defendants appealed against their convictions for murder. They alleged that the police record of an interview central to the cases had been falsified. Held: To allow an appeal the court must conclude that the conviction is unsafe. The evidence at trial was that the record was accurate and contemporaneous, but that now appeared to … Continue reading Regina v Maynard, Dudley etc: CACD 31 Jul 2002

Regina v Lichniak; Regina v Pyrah: CACD 2 May 2001

The claimants sought by judicial review to challenge their separate sentences to life imprisonment for murder, saying that section 1 of the 1965 Act was incompatible wth their rights under articles 3 and 5 of the Convention. They argued that all life sentences fell into two parts, the penal element, meeting the requirements of retribution … Continue reading Regina v Lichniak; Regina v Pyrah: CACD 2 May 2001

Director of Public Prosecutions v Stonehouse: HL 1977

The defendant had been charged with attempting to obtain property by deception by fabricating his death by drowning in the sea off Miami in Florida. The final act alleged to constitute the offence occurred outside the jurisdiction of the English courts. Held: The charge was justiciable in England. The defendant appealed conviction on counts of … Continue reading Director of Public Prosecutions v Stonehouse: HL 1977

Regina v Secretary of State for Home Department Ex Parte Hickey and Others, Same Ex Parte Bamber; Same Ex Parte Malone (No 2): QBD 29 Nov 1994

The Home Secretary is obliged to disclose new evidence to a defendant before rejecting his application for a reference to Court of Appeal. The Home Secretary’s powers to refer a case back to the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) was an integral part of the just functioning of the overall process of criminal justice. A … Continue reading Regina v Secretary of State for Home Department Ex Parte Hickey and Others, Same Ex Parte Bamber; Same Ex Parte Malone (No 2): QBD 29 Nov 1994

Regina v Jones (Paull Garfield): CACD 8 Oct 2002

The Court of Appeal had ordered the defendant to be re-tried within two months. An initial application for directions was adjourned without the defendant being re-arraigned, and then was adjourned again to a date outside the two month limit. Defence solicitors, knowing the difficulty declined to express a view either way. Held: The arraignment could … Continue reading Regina v Jones (Paull Garfield): CACD 8 Oct 2002

Regina v Spruce; Regina v Anwar: CACD 25 Apr 2005

The defendants had appealed against sentence, and had been sucessful, but in their absence. They each sought a further opportunity to appeal, but being present. Held: The 1968 Act gave to the defendant the right to be present at his appeal. The practice was that on a sentence being reduced on an appeal without the … Continue reading Regina v Spruce; Regina v Anwar: CACD 25 Apr 2005

Regina v Kuimba: CACD 12 Apr 2005

In dismissing the defendant’s appeal, the court expressed the view that the Appeal court should be more ready to use the powers given to deter hopeless appeals by ordering that while such applications were being processed, time spent in custody should not be credited as part of the sentence. Loss of time orders had been … Continue reading Regina v Kuimba: CACD 12 Apr 2005

Regina v Hart; Regina v George; Regina v Clarke; Regina v Brown: CACD 13 Dec 2006

The court considered use of its powers to punish umeritorious appeals by defendants against sentence or conviction by ordering that time spent in prison before the appeal was heard should not count as time served. In these case, two defendants had counsel’s support in their renewed applications for leave to appeal, but not the other … Continue reading Regina v Hart; Regina v George; Regina v Clarke; Regina v Brown: CACD 13 Dec 2006

Regina v James (Walter): CACD 9 May 2000

Where fresh evidence from a witness who was not available for the trial is sought to be adduced on an appeal, the evidence must also include evidence or explanation as to the background of the new evidence or change in evidence. Citations: Times 09-May-2000 Statutes: Criminal Appeal Act 1968 23 Criminal Evidence, Criminal Practice Updated: … Continue reading Regina v James (Walter): CACD 9 May 2000

Regina v Craven: CACD 12 Apr 2001

In appropriate cases, a defect in the trial which made that trial unfair, could be remedied on appeal by that court considering all the evidence available to it. It was recognised that this would trespass on the responsibilities of the jury, but if the court considered that, in the light of all the evidence including … Continue reading Regina v Craven: CACD 12 Apr 2001

Regina v Jones (Steven Martin): CACD 23 Jul 1996

The defendant appealed his conviction for murder wishing to bring in evidence of his diminished responsibility at the time of the offence. Held: The evidence was admitted, but the conviction was upheld. The court took the opportunity to give guidance on the admission of new medical evidence procedures in court of appeal with new Act. … Continue reading Regina v Jones (Steven Martin): CACD 23 Jul 1996

Jones, Regina v: CACD 21 Dec 2018

The defendant, with learning difficulties had been subject to a cross examination described as akin to a closing speech. He appealed from conviction, saying that the court had given insufficient consideration to his disability, making the conviction unfair. Held: The appeal succeeded. The impression created by the defendant was crucial to his defence, and the … Continue reading Jones, Regina v: CACD 21 Dec 2018

Regina v Gilfoyle: CACD 6 Nov 1995

The Court of Appeal has power to receive and call for additional evidence in interests of justice, and even though it had been ruled inadmissible at the trial if was relevant. Gazette 29-Nov-1995, Ind Summary 06-Nov-1995 Criminal Appeal Act 1991 23(1), Criminal Appeal Act 1968 23(1) England and Wales Criminal Evidence, Criminal Practice Updated: 08 … Continue reading Regina v Gilfoyle: CACD 6 Nov 1995

Bateman and Howse, Regina (on the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department: CA 17 May 1994

The plaintiff had been convicted of several counts of receiving stolen goods and sentenced to six years’ imprisonment. He had appealed to the Court of Appeal on the ground that he had been convicted on the basis of evidence in statement form given by witnesses from New Zealand. His appeal failed. Some time later his … Continue reading Bateman and Howse, Regina (on the Application Of) v Secretary of State for the Home Department: CA 17 May 1994

Gray and Others, Regina v: CACD 7 Oct 2014

These applications raise yet again the question of when it is appropriate to make a loss of time order. Held: ‘the only means the court has of discouraging unmeritorious applications which waste precious time and resources is by using the powers given to us by Parliament in the Criminal Appeal Act 1968 and the Prosecution … Continue reading Gray and Others, Regina v: CACD 7 Oct 2014

Regina v Davis and Thabangu: CACD 5 Dec 2013

The court exercised its rights under section 20 to penalise solicitors pursuing vexatious appeals. Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, Griffith Williams J, Goss QC [2013] EWCA Crim 2424 Bailii Criminal Appeal Act 1968 20 England and Wales Cited by: Cited – Achogbuo, Regina v CACD 19-Mar-2014 The Court considered a renewed application for leave to appeal … Continue reading Regina v Davis and Thabangu: CACD 5 Dec 2013

Achogbuo, Regina v: CACD 19 Mar 2014

The Court considered a renewed application for leave to appeal which the Registrar had considered to be without merit and was referred under section 20 of the 1968 Act. Held: The reference had been properly made. The application for extension of time waas frivolous and vexatious and contained serious non-disclosure. As to ath eallegation of … Continue reading Achogbuo, Regina v: CACD 19 Mar 2014

Garwood and Others, Regina v: CACD 22 Feb 2017

Application for leave was not itself an appeal. The court considered what was meant by ‘substantial injustice’ after conviction after refusal of leave to appeal. Held: The challenges failed. The court did not have jurisdiction to make the order sought. The section dealt with an appeal from any decision of the Court of appeal on … Continue reading Garwood and Others, Regina v: CACD 22 Feb 2017

Attorney General’s Reference No 3 of 1999: Application By the British Broadcasting Corporation To Set Aside or Vary a Reporting Restriction Order: HL 17 Jun 2009

An application was made to discharge an anonymity order made in previous criminal proceedings before the House. The defendant was to be retried for rape under the 2003 Act, after an earlier acquittal. The applicant questioned whether such a order could properly be made, and said that in any event it should be discharged. Held: … Continue reading Attorney General’s Reference No 3 of 1999: Application By the British Broadcasting Corporation To Set Aside or Vary a Reporting Restriction Order: HL 17 Jun 2009

Attorney General v Associated Newspapers Ltd and Another: Admn 3 Mar 2011

Complaint was made that the defendant newspapers were in contempt of court in publishing on their respective web-sites showing the defendant in the criminal trial brandishing a gun, and claiming that he was boasting of his involvement. Held: The defendants were guilty of the offence. The defendant argued that the site was so organised that … Continue reading Attorney General v Associated Newspapers Ltd and Another: Admn 3 Mar 2011

Hamilton and Others v Post Office Ltd: CACD 15 Jan 2021

Good Reason to Pursue Second Appeal The appellants had been convicted of fraud against the Post Office. The Criminal Cases Review Commission referred their convictions on two grounds, namely abuse of process for the inability to provide a fair trial, and that the trial was an affront to the conscience of the court. The first … Continue reading Hamilton and Others v Post Office Ltd: CACD 15 Jan 2021

Regina v Lee: CACD 24 Jun 2010

The defendant pharmacist faced a charge of supplying a medicinal product with a misleading label, an offence under section 85 of the 1968 Act. Working as a locum in a busy supermarket pharmacy she had signed off a mislabelled prescription. The patient ended up in hospital. After directions as to the law, she pleaded guilty. … Continue reading Regina v Lee: CACD 24 Jun 2010

Regina v Cox: CACD 12 Apr 1995

The proviso may be applied by the Court of Appeal despite the Judge’s failure to leave the issue of provocation with the jury. As a matter of law, the court in an appropriate case might apply the proviso to section 2(1) of the Criminal Appeal Act . .

Regina v Antoine: CACD 29 Apr 1999

Where, on a charge of murder, a defendant asserted his unfitness to plead, it was not possible at the hearing into that suggestion and at the same time, to attempt to decide on a plea of diminished responsibility. If there were other factual . .

Regina v Adebayo: CACD 7 Jul 1997

The defendant had been employed in the probate registry, and sought by deception to conspire with others to use the information he obtained to obtain money from estates. He appealed, saying that the court should not have convicted him of obtaining . .