Summary trial

Summary trial guidance:

There are two kinds of burden: • the legal burden, and • the evidential burden The legal burden A party has the legal (sometimes called ‘the persuasive’) burden where the...

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The overriding objective Pursuant to the overriding objective, courts are required to actively manage cases in order to ensure that they are dealt with justly in an...

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In both the magistrates’ court and the Crown Court, proceeding with a trial in the absence of the defendant is a last resort and is one which the courts will try to avoid...

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What amounts to the conclusion of criminal proceedings? A typical criminal case concludes with either an acquittal at the end of a trial, or a conviction and sentence...

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The first stage in the trial process is for the defendant to confirm whether they are pleading guilty or not guilty. This is a requirement of the Criminal Procedure Rules...

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The youth justice system The law that governs the system of criminal justice in respect of children and young persons in England and Wales can be complex. In essence,...

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