R (on the application of Khalif) v Isleworth Crown Court

Criminal law – Trial. The claimant Somali national issued proceedings for judicial review, which proceeded as a challenge to the defendant Crown Court's decision, refusing to extend time to appeal against his conviction, on his guilty plea, for not having an immigration document at interview. The Divisional Court, in dismissing the application, held that the judge had been entitled to conclude that the application for permission had been too late because it would be impracticable to investigate the position regarding the legal advice given to the claimant properly. Further, there was no prima facie case for asserting that the appellant's guilty plea had been equivocal.

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