Cases at Youth Court

Young people between the ages of 10 and 17 that are being charged for committing an offence will be tried at a youth court. Youth court cases are dealt with in the same place as magistrates’ court cases, but are very much separate. The severity of the crime dictates how the court summons is issued. The […]

Cases in Court

Magistrates’ courts are known for dealing with minor criminal court cases as well as many civil cases. They are the first port of call for all criminal cases; the more serious crimes are moved on to the Crown Court after initially passing through the magistrates’ courts. 95% of court cases are dealt with by the magistrates’ […]

Legal Advice for the Magistrates’ Court

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Driving Offences

Driving offences of all sorts can go before a court, whether they involve speeding, dangerous driving or any other kind of transgression that may have been performed while in charge of a motor vehicle. Most of these offences, particularly the more serious types, will likely be heard in front of a magistrate in the magistrates’ […]

The Right to Appeal

If someone is convicted in a magistrates’ court, they will have the right to appeal. Most appeals are dealt with by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC). In order to appeal successfully, certain steps need to be taken. Before an appeal is put forward, the defendant must take the following steps: have the solicitor check […]

Strict Sentencing Guidelines of the UK

There are very strict guidelines for sentencing in the UK. The Coroners and Justice Act 2009 says that when sentencing an offender for an offence committed on or after 6 April 2010, a court must follow any relevant sentencing guidelines, unless it is contrary to the interests of justice to do so. Sentencing guidelines are managed by […]

What is a Barrister?

Since the 13th century, barristers have been providing legal advice and representing people in court. Barristers are known for being able to offer high quality advocacy and advice. Barristers are specialist legal advisers. They work independently and are trained in many areas of law so that they can advise clients on both the strengths and […]

What is a Court Clerk?

In a magistrates’ court, trials are heard by a ‘bench’. The bench usually consists of three magistrates and a court clerk. The court clerk plays a vital role in the magistrates’ court. They act as a legal adviser in all court cases as well as controlling the majority of proceedings. The clerk is there to […]

Applying to Become a Magistrate

30,000 people in the UK have applied to be a magistrate, or Justice of the Peace, and been successful. Magistrates are more than often volunteers helping out the community by lending their services for the court. 97% of criminal cases are overseen by Justices of the Peace. Before applying to be a magistrate, ensure there […]

Do I Need a Solicitor?

Attending a magistrates’ court can be daunting, particularly if the case is a complicated one. It is wise to get a solicitor’s help as they can lessen the pressure of a trial and ensure that the defendant is doing the best they can to prepare for the case. If the case is of a criminal nature, then the […]

The Magistrates’ Court Act of 1980

The Magistrates Court Act of 1980 is an Act of Parliament that sets out the rules and procedures that apply to the magistrates’ court. The 1980 version of the Act is a revision of its predecessor from 1952. It is divided into six parts. Part 1) Criminal jurisdiction and procedure This part of the Act sets […]

Magistrates’ Court Justice System

Magistrates’ courts are an important part of the justice system in England and Wales and have a history that can be traced back over 600 years. Magistrates’ courts handle 95% of court cases in England and deal with trials mainly of a criminal nature. Cases heard in magistrates’ courts are dealt with in two ways. Either by: […]