Our Team of Solicitors Provides Expert Representation in the Magistrates Court
Criminal Litigation at the Magistrates Court
It is important that as soon as you find out that you are going to court that you get in touch with us. All of our solicitors are qualified to represent our clients at the Magistrates Court and all of them regularly practice there, some on a daily basis. We can advise and guide you through the court process in a way that puts your best interests first. All of our solicitors have Duty Solicitor status, this means that the Legal Services Commission has recognised their greater experience in the field of criminal law.
Maguires Solicitors have been awarded a contract with the Legal Services Commission; this means that we can undertake publicly funded cases under a Representation Order (formally known as Legal Aid). This means that many of our clients do not have to pay for their legal fees as they are eligible for funding from the state. Please see our ‘Guide to Funding Section’ for further information.
In most cases our solicitors will already have acted for you at the police station so will have a knowledge of your case, however if you were unrepresented or represented by another solicitor we can still represent you, subject to funding. If you are unsure of your situation please call us and we will happily look into it for you.
If you have never been in court before, or even if you have, we find that it helps to minimise the worry by understanding the actual court process, which we outline for you below.
Following a ‘charge’ at the police station or after receiving a ‘summons’ you will be given a date to attend at the Magistrates’ Court. In certain cases you may be arrested and then ‘produced’ at court, this means that the police take you there and keep you in the custody of the court until your case is heard that day.
This first hearing date is referred to as the ‘First Appearance’. At this hearing the Crown Prosecution Service will serve any evidence that they have that forms their case against you. We will consider these papers with you and advise you on your plea and how your case will be dealt with from that point on.
At the Magistrates Court your case is heard by magistrates or, sometimes, a District Judge. There is no jury at the Magistrates’ Court.