Jones 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 had all the facts and the court had assumed that the fault was that of the prosecution. On the second day, further paperwork placed the fault with the police. The missing evidence was a DNA report.
Held: The request for review failed. There was a common law principle that a lower court has only limited power to re-visit and to revoke a previously made order although it can do so in the interests of justice, in particular, in changed circumstances. The efficacious administration of justice is a central legal policy behind the rule. Decisions will be fact sensitive. The situation here did involve a change of circumstances sufficient to invoke the common law power.

Leveson, Cranston JJ
[2010] EWHC 916 (Admin), (2010) 174 JP 342
Magistrates’ Court Act 1980 8A 8B
England and Wales
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