In convicting the defendant, the magistrates announced that they had done so on the balance of probabilities. At a later hearing magistrates sought to set aside the decision and relist the case for a new hearing. They refused to state a case. The defendant sought judicial review.
Held: Magistrates did not have power of their own motion to order a re-trial.
Criminal Practice, Magistrates
Updated: 31 October 2021; Ref: scu.277928