Crown Court Cases

Where a case is too serious to be dealt with by magistrates, it will be transferred to the Crown Court. Referred to as ‘indictable only’ offences, the category includes:-

  • Murder;
  • Rape;
  • Robbery;
  • Drug Trafficking;
  • Assaults contrary to s.18 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.

Some defendants are sentenced in the Crown Court because at the time of sentence, the Magistrates’ Court dealing with their case felt its sentencing powers were insufficient.

Sentence in the Crown Court varies as each case is different in its own way. We can give indications as to the likely sentence, taking into account the features of the case, other relevant cases, and any applicable Sentencing Guidelines.

Trials in the Crown Court are heard by a jury, with a judge overseeing matters. Before a case reaches the trial stage, there may be one or more hearings. Unless a defendant is being sentenced on their first appearance, these hearings will include a Plea and Trial Preparation Hearing (PTPH).

At the PTPH, a plea is entered, a trial date is set, and any key issues are dealt with. This usually includes confirming which witnesses will be required toattend, and the dates upon which evidence needs to be served.

Our specialists are known for their skill in dealing with serious cases in the Crown Court. The team includes Higher Court Advocates, whom have undertaken specialist training which allows them to conduct trials. We also have links with the best barristers in the field. You can rest assured knowing that expert advice and representation is on hand; we know how significant Crown Court proceedings are and we understand how daunting an experience it can be.

Contact Harrison Bundey

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