Crown Court Solicitors
Representation at Crown Court
The Crown Court usually deals with the most serious of cases and holds considerably more direction and power than the Magistrates' Court. The Crown Court can therefore be considered as the next step up from the Magistrates' Court within the UK legal system.
At MJP solicitors we have a dedicated Crown Court team headed by Mark Jones
What to Expected at Court
Our Crown Court 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. Our solicitors will also take time to explain the Crown Court procedure and provide you with detailed instructions on how to present yourself during the court appearance.
Crown Court Trials
Trials in the Crown Court take place before a Jury of 12 members who are 'sworn in' before the court.
During the trial the prosecution will put forward their arguments to the Jury, this may include the use of a witness or witnesses. The defence lawyer (barrister) will also put forward their argument to the Jury, which may also include defence witnesses. If there are witnesses in the trial they may be cross-examined by the opposing lawyer.
Once all the evidence is given the judge summarises all the evidence from both the prosecution lawyer and the defence lawyer and explains, to the jury, what the law is and what the prosecution lawyers must prove to find the defendant guilty of the offence.
The jury then leave the Court room to discuss the evidence and come to a decision to whether the defendant is guilty of not guilty.
If the jury can not unanimously decide on a verdict (they all agree the same) and a period of time has passed then a majority verdict will be accepted. A majority verdict is where 10 or more of the jury agree on the same verdict. If a majority can not be reached this is called a hung jury, this will often result in a re-trial where the evidence is heard again in court before a new a new jury.
MJP solicitors provide advice and representation on all matters taking place at the Crown Court throughout England and Wales particularly Liverpool, London and the North West.
If you are due to appear before the Crown Court, you should take specialist advice and representation. At MJP solicitors we offer free initial advice on all cases being dealt with at the Crown Court. Our solicitors are experienced and are happy to discuss your case or answer any questions you may have in complete confidence.