||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 392 (Nov)
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Judge LJ, Hallett and Stanley Burnton JJ
||Michael Clare (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
||Michael Fenhalls (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
||27 November 2001
Criminal law - Trial - Discharge of jury - Defendant pleading guilty on rearraignment in presence of jury - Judge discharging jury without obtaining a verdict - Whether verdict of jury complete - Whether discharge a nullity.
The defendant's conviction was safe in circumstances where the judge had departed from the usual practice of asking the jury to return a verdict when the defendant had pleaded guilty on rearraignment during his trial and had discharged the jury.
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