Practice and Procedure

R (on the application of JAMES) v TOWER BRIDGE MAGISTRATES' COURT (2009)

PUBLISHED June 9, 2009

[2009] EWHC 1500 (Admin)

A magistrates' court's failure to inquire as to why an accused was late for his trial or consider an adjournment rendered its decision to proceed with the trial in his absence unlawful, as the accused did not have a fair trial.

DC (Pill LJ, Cranston J)