Practice and Procedure

R V POOLE (2001)

PUBLISHED November 27, 2001

[2001] EWCA Crim 2664

There was no possible unfairness or disadvantage in discharging a jury where a defendant elected to change his plea after the start of a trial if his plea was treated in the same way it would have been if it had been entered before the jury was sworn. The procedure of asking the jury to return a verdict when a defendant changed his plea to guilty during the course of the trial was little more than a formality.

CA (Crim Div) (Judge LJ, Hallett J, Stanley Burnton J)