Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 269 (Jan)
Court: Administrative Court

Scott Baker J

Representation Alphege Bell (instructed by Pollecoff) for the claimant.
  Andrew Walker (instructed by HM Customs and Excise ) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 30 January 2002


Criminal law - Plea - Change of plea - Claimant pleading guilty to importation of controlled drugs - Claimant seeking to vacate plea and advance defence of duress - Judge refusing claimant's application to vacate plea - Whether judge in error.

The Case

A judge had been entitled to refuse a defendant's application to vacate a plea of guilty to an offence of being knowingly concerned with the importation of controlled substances in circumstances where it was not possible to say that it was in the interests of justice to allow the defendant to change his plea.

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