Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 273 (Jul)
Court: Administrative Court

Burton J

Representation Jonathon Lennon (instructed by Rahman Ravelli, Halifax) for the claimant.
  John Hardy (instructed by Crown Prosecution Service, Sheffield) for the prosecution.
Judgment Dates: 18 July 2002


Criminal law - Committal - Remand in custody - Custody time limits - Extension of time limits - 'Good and sufficient cause' - Judge setting trial date for period after expiry of custody time limit - Prosecution applying for extension of time limits - Judge considering good cause as no court or judge available for earlier trial - Whether judge in error - Prosecution of Offenders Act 1985, s 22(3).

The Case

A judge had been entitled to extend custody time limits under s22(3) of the Prosecution of Offenders Act 1985, due to difficulties in obtaining a court, or judge to conduct a trial, in circumstances where he had given careful consideration to the background of the case and had decided that there were good and sufficient reasons to extend time.

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