Regina v King’s Lynn Justices, Ex parte Holland: QBD 1993

Section 78 is properly applied in committal proceedings. Examining justices could exclude the evidence from their consideration only if satisfied that its admission at the trial would be so obviously unfair to the proceedings that no judge properly directing himself could admit it. Even in such a case it would generally be far better to leave the decision to the trial judge who will be in a better position to assess the effect on the fairness of the proceedings and have had greater experience of deciding such questions.


[1993] 1 WLR 324


Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1989 78


England and Wales

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CitedIn Re Levin; Regina v Governor of Brixton Prison, Ex parte Levin HL 10-Apr-1997
The applicant had been detained pending extradition to the United States on charges of fraud. He said the evidence would not have been sufficient to justify his committal for trial.
Held: The Francis case did not establish that the 1984 Act . .
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Criminal Practice, Evidence, Magistrates

Updated: 27 April 2022; Ref: scu.180865