Practice and Procedure

R v BELL (2010)

PUBLISHED January 19, 2010

[2010] EWCA Crim 3

The jurisdiction to permit a second retrial in a criminal matter had to be exercised with extreme caution. The broad public interest in the administration of criminal justice clearly required that a second retrial should be confined to the very small number of cases in which the jury was asked to address a crime of extreme gravity and in which the evidence against the defendant, on any fair-minded objective judgment, was very powerful.

CA (Crim Div) (Lord Judge LCJ, Simon J, Royce J)