Frimpong v Crown Prosecution Service (Secretary of State For Justice intervening)

Criminal law – Sentence. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, in dismissing a defendant's appeal in respect of the imposition of the criminal courts charge following his guilty plea, on committal from the magistrates' court, to possessing false identity documents with improper intention. It held that s 66 of the Courts Act 2003 provided that a judicial office holder might exercise the powers of a district judge in criminal causes and matters, but that the Crown Court, in sentencing defendant, did not become a magistrates' court and was not entitled to impose an order by which the criminal courts charge would be deemed paid by the term already served.

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