Regina v Bournemouth Justices, ex parte Maguire: 1997

If magistrates having heard an application for leave to withdraw a plea of guilty conclude that the evidence described by the prosecution are not sufficient to find guilt, they may allow the plea to be withdrawn. Kennedy LJ: ‘Of course the court will be slow to allow such a change of plea unless there is some obvious reason why it is appropriate in the circumstances to allow it.’


Kennedy LJ


[1997] COD 21 DC


England and Wales

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CitedRevitt, Borg and Barnes v Director of Public Prosecutions Admn 8-Sep-2006
The defendants appealed against refusal of leave to withdraw their pleas of guilty. They argued that the current practice infringed their human rights.
Held: The magistrates had been correct not to allow the defendants to withdraw their pleas. . .
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Criminal Practice

Updated: 01 May 2022; Ref: scu.244872