Cheyne Dennis Mildren v The Attorney General

CourtRoyal Court
JudgeSir Michael Birt
Judgment Date31 January 2019
Neutral Citation[2019] JRC 9A
Date31 January 2019

[2019] JRC 9A

Royal Court

(Poursuite Criminelle)


Sir Michael Birt, Commissioner, sitting alone.

Cheyne Dennis Mildren
The Attorney General

Advocate S. E. A. Dale for Appellant.

Advocate C. R. Baglin appeared for the Crown.


Road Traffic (Jersey) Law 1956.

Magistrate's Court Appeal by way of case stated.


This is an appeal by way of case stated against two aspects of orders made by the Relief Magistrate, Advocate Fitz, on 14 th September, 2018. The Crown do not oppose the appeal and I can therefore be brief.


The appeal is out of time but that is because the error which I am about to refer to was not discovered until after the expiry of the eight day period for appealing. I therefore consider it reasonable to extend time, the Appellant having moved promptly once the error was discovered; so I therefore grant leave to appeal out of time.


The Appellant appeared before the Relief Magistrate on 14 th September, 2018 to be sentenced on four charges, to which he had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing. One of the offences was that of driving whilst disqualified on 12 th May, 2018. The basis for the charge was the criminal record produced to the Relief Magistrate at the hearing. This showed that on 3 rd April, 2007 for an offence of taking and driving away, contrary to Article 53 of the Road Traffic (Jersey) Law 1956, the Appellant had been disqualified from driving for 6 months, and that that disqualification was to continue until he retook and passed the relevant driving test.


It was agreed that he had not in fact retaken his driving test since 2007 with the result that he was assumed to remain disqualified as at May 2018. Subsequently, it has transpired that the Magistrate's Court record shows that at the hearing on 3 rd April 2007 he was not in fact ordered to re-take his driving test. That is not surprising as the power to order a person to retake a driving test, which is conferred by Article 35 of the 1956 Law, does not include offences of taking and driving away contrary to Article 53. It follows that the criminal record which was produced to the Relief Magistrate in September and relied upon was incorrect.


It follows that by the 12 th May, 2018, the period of disqualification ordered on 3 rd April, 2007, had long since expired. The Appellant was therefore not disqualified from driving as at 12 th May 2018 and he could not therefore...

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