Magistrates Court Representation
For anyone who has to attend a Magistrates' Court it can be an incredibly stressful and worrying time. The procedure at the Magistrates' Court can be a daunting experience and therefore essential that you have a solicitor who you feel comfortable with and can ask any question without worry. At MJP solicitors we have a dedicated Magistrates' team who work tirelessly to provide the support needed to help our client's through each stage of their court case.
There are three different categories of offences, 'summary only', 'either way' and 'indictable only'. Only the 'summary only' and 'either way' categories of offences can be dealt with by the Magistrates' Court.
'Summary only' offences are typically minor offences, such as motoring offences.
'Either way' offences are generally medium-level(?) serious offences, such as burglary, and can be dealt with in the Magistrates' Court or the Crown Court(link).
'Indictable only' offences are the most serious offences such as murder, manslaughter and most sexual offences. Any offence of this type will be committed to the Crown Court to be dealt with whether or not the defendant is pleading Guilty or Not Guilty.
What to Expected at Court
Our solicitors will advise you on the particulars of the offence with which you have been charged with and go through any available defences that may help your case. We will also take time to explain the Magistrates' Court procedure and provide you with detailed instructions on how to present yourself during the court appearance.
Magistrates' Court Sentencing
There are number of different types of sentence that can be passed in the Magistrates' Court. These include: -
- Discharge / Conditional Discharge
- Committal to the Crown Court (for sentencing)
- Custodial Sentence
- Suspended Sentences
- Community Orders
- Fines / Compensation
MJP solicitors provide advice and representation on all matters taking place at the Magistrates' Court throughout England and Wales particularly Liverpool, Wirral (Birkenhead) and the North West.
Anyone who is attending, or due to attend, the Magistrates' court should contact a criminal law solicitor as early as possible. At MJP solicitors we offer free initial advice on all cases being dealt with at the Magistrates' Court. Our solicitors are experienced and are happy to discuss your case or answer any questions you may have in complete confidence.
For free advice call now on 0333 011 0515 or use the contact us page.