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Magistrate's Court and Crown Court

As experienced solicitors we’ve dealt with all manner of offences; from speeding convictions to murder. We have a team of solicitors and lawyers who can represent you at both Magistrates’ and Crown Court.

What is a Magistrates’ Court?

A Magistrates’ Court normally deals with ‘summary offences’, such as most motoring offences, minor criminal damage or being drunk and disorderly, for example. It also handles ‘either way’ offences which are more serious cases like burglary and drug offences, although these can be heard at Crown Court too.

What sentence can a Magistrates’ Court give?

The punishments in the Magistrates’ Court are: 

  • up to six months in prison or up to 12 months in total for more than one offence 
  • a fine of up to £5,000 
  • a community sentence such as doing unpaid work in the community 
  • a combination of punishments – such as a fine and unpaid work in the community. 

If a sentence is longer than six months the Magistrates’ Court can commit a case to Crown Court for sentencing.

What cases are heard at Crown Court?

Cases that are committed to Crown Court are the most serious offences, such as robbery, rape or murder. We have five skilled Higher Court Advocates, meaning that we can represent you, rather than a barrister, which can help keep costs down. Our team of Crown Court Advocates have a wealth of experience having been representing clients in the Crown Court for over 15 years. We’ve a high success rate in jury trials.

Who’s present at Crown Court?

Crown Court consists of a jury, who decide whether you’re guilty or not guilty, and a Judge who will pass sentence. Your solicitor can explain what will happen when you get to court and how the proceedings will run.

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