Practice and Procedure

R (on the application of MURCHISON) v SOUTHEND MAGISTRATES' COURT (2006)

PUBLISHED January 26, 2006

The fact that magistrates had been informed by their clerk of a defendant's antecedents, prior to the delivery of their verdict in open court that a charge of assault against the defendant was proven, did not render the verdict quashable as the knowledge was imparted after they had reached a reasoned decision as to the defendant's guilt and had no effect on their verdict.