§ 100. Sir M. Stoddart-Scott
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation to prevent a party who is acquitted in a case before a magistrate's court being tried twice by the same court for the same alleged offence.
§ Mr. Brooke
Legislation is not needed if the object is to secure that an acquittal on the merits should bar a second trial on the same charge. But I would not be prepared to introduce legislation to remove the power of the High Court, on an appeal by way of case stated, to reverse the determination of a magistrates' court on a question of law.