R v Baybasin and others

Jury – Protection of jury. The defendants appealed against their convictions for conspiracy to import cocaine and concealing criminal property on the basis that the general practice of the Crown Court at Liverpool in cases over two weeks, including balloting jurors by number, was unlawful. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, in dismissing the appeal, held that, although the practice adopted in the Crown Court at Liverpool was unique, it had not had any effect on the fairness of the trial. Accordingly, the safety of the conviction had not been in any way impaired by the practice adopted.

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