Magistrates' Court Representation

Virtually all criminal cases begin in the Magistrates' Court, and although some transfer to the Crown Court, over 90 per cent of cases are finalised in the Magistrates' Court. While a number of offences can only be considered in the Crown Court - such as murder, manslaughter, serious assault and robbery - many can only be dealt with by a Magistrates' Court, including most motoring cases. However, many Magistrates Court cases can be sent to the Crown Court for sentence and in other limited circumstances.

It is therefore important that anyone who finds themselves facing proceedings before The Magistrates' Court seeks the appropriate legal representation without delay. When represented in a Magistrates' Court, you will be guided through the court process by your solicitor. This involves considering the prosecution evidence together, and providing advice on the strength of the prosecution case so that you can make a fully informed decision on plea. Guilty pleas proceed to sentence and not guilty pleas proceed to trial where the prosecution case can be fully tested.

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 until 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..

Cases that can only be dealt with by a Magistrates' Court and heard by lay Magistrates or a District Judge are known as ‘summary’ cases. They include:

  • Most road traffic offences

  • Some public order offences

  • Many regulatory cases

  • Criminal damage (under a certain value)

  • Minor assaults

If you wish to find out more about the Private Client Criminal Law Service from JMW, you can do so by calling us today on 0345 872 6666. Alternatively, we will get in contact with you if you choose to fill in the contact form on this page.

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