Bielecki v The Director of Public Prosecutions: Admn 23 Aug 2011

The court had delivered a draft judgment which counsel said was based upon a fundamental misunderstanding of the case she had presented. Counsel now suggested that the matter should be referred to a two judge divisional court. That was refused. The appellangt contended that he had not understood the request to provide a specimen of breath for analysis, since he spoke Polish and not English.
Held: The test procedure had been undertaken with a competent interpreter. However the court had refused to require the attendance of the blood analyst before proceeding. For that reason the conviction was quashed.
The court spoke of the twelve hearings on the matter, saying: ‘it is abundantly clear that it is utterly unacceptable: the requirements of the Criminal Procedure Rules have been more honoured in the breach than in their observance. Both sides have a duty to the court to ensure that only the minimum time is taken in the resolution of criminal trials and, to such extent as they or either of them fail to do so, the court should not be slow to impose sanctions in the form of adverse orders for costs, if necessary against legal representatives.’
Foskett J
[2011] EWHC 2245 (Admin), (2011) 175 JP 369
Road Traffic Act 1988 7(6)
England and Wales
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