Regina v Middlesex Quarter Sessions, ex parte Director of Public Prosecutions: QBD 1952

The court considered a trial on indictment where there was jurisdiction to try the offence charged. After pleas had been taken and counsel for the Crown had opened the prosecution case to the jury, the chairman intervened and directed the jury to return a verdict of not guilty.
Held: It was not for the judge to express a view to the jury that a Woolwich jury would not convict on the evidence. However, even an egregiously wrong directed verdict of not guilty could not be disturbed, and certiorari will not be granted to quash a verdict of not guilty of a criminal charge.


Lord Goddard CJ


[1952] 2 QB 758


England and Wales

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