Case management in the magistrates’ courts
Produced in partnership with Kathryn Hughes of QEB Hollis Whiteman
Case management in the magistrates’ courts

The following Corporate Crime practice note produced in partnership with Kathryn Hughes of QEB Hollis Whiteman provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Case management in the magistrates’ courts
  • The overriding objective
  • Case management in the magistrates’ court
  • Case management before the first appearance
  • First appearances in the magistrates’ court
  • First appearances: requirement to enter a plea
  • First appearances: disclosure
  • First appearances: case management
  • Summary only and either way offences which stay in the magistrates’ court for trial
  • Indictable only and either way cases that are sent for trial
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020), among other measures, makes temporary provision for the extended use of live links and audio links in criminal proceedings. See Practice Notes: Operation of the criminal courts during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and Criminal Procedure Rules (CrimPR)—update for Coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as Availability of live links in criminal proceedings during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic—checklist. See also, Practice Note: Practical guide to remote hearings in the criminal courts during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and Practical tips for attending remote criminal hearings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic—checklist. The Lord Chief Justice has authorised the use of a magistrates' court trial triage form (coronavirus)' in connection with Part 3 (Case management) of the Criminal Procedure Rules 2020, SI 2020/759 (CrimPR), which will supplement the Preparation for Effective Trial form and allows the court to collect additional information about witnesses and defendants to assist magistrates in deciding how cases should be managed during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For updates on key developments and related practical guidance on the implications for lawyers, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the criminal justice system—overview and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit.

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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