F (A Minor), Regina (on the Application of) v Knowsley Magistrates Court: Admn 15 Mar 2006

On its first application the CPS requested that the trial date be vacated because they had not received a full file of evidence. That application was refused. The case remained listed for trial that afternoon. In the afternoon the prosecution was represented by a different prosecutor who successfully renewed the application for an adjournment. The application was identical to the application made in the morning.
Held: The decision was quashed. The magistrates were in error in revisiting their decision to adjourn. Sullivan J said that the issue for the district judge was whether there had been a change of relevant circumstances between the morning and afternoon. The prosecution had conceded that there was no change of circumstances. Latham LJ agreed.


Latham LJ, Sullivan J


[2006] EWHC 695 (Admin)




England and Wales

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CitedJones v South East Surrey Local Justice Area Admn 12-Mar-2010
The defendant sought judicial review of a decision of the magistrates to adjourn a case where, on the day before, a differently constitued bench had refused an adjournment requested by the prosecution. On the first occasion the prosecutor had not . .
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Magistrates, Criminal Practice

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