HC Deb 29 November 2001 vol 375 cc1096-7W
Mr. Miller

To ask the Solicitor-General how many references there have been to the Court of Appeal under section 36 of the Criminal Justice Act 1972 since 1972. [18302]

The Solicitor-General

By virtue of section 36 of the Criminal Justice Act 1972, the Attorney-General may seek the opinion of the Court of Appeal on a point of law arising out of any trial on indictment where there has been an acquittal. Since 1972, there have been at least 56 Attorney-General's references where the Court of Appeal has given its opinion on a point of law. The figures for the last few years are as shown.

  • 1998: 2
  • 1999: 2
  • 2000: 5
  • 2001: 2.

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