Practice and Procedure

R v ABDUL JAMA (2008)

PUBLISHED November 18, 2008

[2008] EWCA Crim 2861

A decision by a judge not to specifically direct a jury regarding adverse inferences under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 s.34 had not been prejudicial to a defendant. The judge was entitled to take the view that referring to adverse inferences might be more prejudicial than not doing so.

CA (Crim Div) (Keene LJ, Beatson J, Judge Brown QC (Recorder of Brighton and Hove))