Crown Court: What Should I Do?

How to answer the question of whether to be represented in the Crown Court

Our Answer

As the Crown Court handles the more serious cases we believe that it is essential to have proper representation in the Crown Court. Not only does the Crown Court have greater sentencing powers than the Magistrates Court (and more likely to result in a prison sentence if convicted) but the unrepresented Defendant can be faced with a highly qualified and experienced Judge and a Jury to contend with. Learning how to best address Judges and Juries takes years of experience and it is not a skill learned overnight.

We can provide representation in the Crown Court on two levels: preparing your case - such as advising on the evidence, following up witnesses, taking photographs etc and we can also represent you at the actual hearing. We have experienced advocates in our team who are qualifed at this level who can represent you throughout the Crown Court proceedings. In some cases we instruct a Barrister in independent practice (depending on the particular case). Whenever we do this we tend to use a highly respected set of Barristers Chambers at 2 Bedford Row in London.

Because of the nature of Crown Court proceedings, most cases will qualify for legal aid and more people are entitled to it here than in the Magistrates Court as different rules apply as to the level of income than apply in the Magistrates Court.

Why not contact us for some free advice as to whether you could be represented in the Crown Court. 01634 832 332

Free Guide.

To help you we have produced a complimentary Guide to Criminal Procedure which you can download by clicking on the link below.

Guide to Criminal Procedure

Did You Know?

Most cases in the Crown Court will qualify for legal aid.

If you are on benefits you will almostcertainly qualify for free legal aid in the Crown Court.

Many people who are working and earning good incomes will also qualify for legal aid in the Crown Court although this may be subject to a contribution.

The good news is that if you are found not guilty the court will refund the contributions paid towards legal aid.

For those who do not qualify for legal aid or who wish to pay privately we can offer competitive rates and have several methods of payment available including by credit or debit card and in some cases we can agree an instalment plan.

Call us now to discuss the options available. 01634 832332