Stages of a summary trial

The following Corporate Crime practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Stages of a summary trial
  • Prosecution case
  • Live witnesses
  • Written statements
  • Formal admissions
  • Hearsay evidence
  • Sequence of questioning
  • Close of prosecution case
  • Submission of no case to answer
  • Defence case
  • More...

Stages of a summary trial

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Checklist 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 Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit.

The first stage in the trial process is for the defendant to confirm whether they are pleading guilty or not guilty. This is

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