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Magistrates' Court Representation
Anyone who faces proceedings before the Magistrates’ Court must seek appropriate legal representation without delay. The solicitors at JMW have helped many individuals required to attend the Magistrates’ Court following an allegation of a criminal offence.
Representation in the Magistrates’ Court
When represented in a Magistrates’ Court, you will be guided through the court process by your solicitor. This involves:
- Considering the prosecution’s evidence
- Providing advice on the strength of the prosecution’s case
- Informing you fully of your rights and options before making a decision about a plea
When making a decision on a plea, it is important to remember that a guilty plea will proceed to sentencing and a not guilty plea will proceed to trial, where the prosecution’s case can be fully tested.
What Cases Are Taken to Magistrates’ Court?
Almost all criminal cases begin in the Magistrates’ Court and are known as ‘summary cases’. Although some are transferred to the Crown Court, over 90 per cent of cases are finalised in a Magistrates’ Court. A number of cases can only be considered in the Crown Court; these include cases involving murder, manslaughter, serious assault and robbery. Many others can only be dealt with by a Magistrates’ Court, and include:
- Most motoring offences
- Some public order offences
- Many regulatory offences
- Criminal damage under a certain value
- Minor assaults
However, many Magistrates’ Court cases can be sent to the Crown Court for sentence and in other limited circumstances.
Why Choose JMW?
The private client criminal law service from JMW is designed to offer a bespoke service that can be relied upon from the beginning of proceedings right through to the end. We guarantee first-class representation from start to finish, providing you with all the help and advice you need in very difficult circumstances.
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Business Crime, Regulation & Driving Offences