Trial for Crimes in UK

Updated on Tuesday 18th October 2016

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Criminal cases come to court after a conclusion has been made, generally by the Crown Prosecution Service, to prosecute someone on trial for an unproven crime. In most of the cases, the magistrates hear the evidence and make a decision on guilt or innocence, depending on the situation. Our team of defence solicitors in London will legally assist you during the entire process, in order for you to obtain the proper result.

For more serious cases, a district judge or a circuit judge in the Crown Court will hear the evidence, which will include a jury trial. Extremely serious criminal cases, like rape or even murder, may be heard by a High Court judge in the UK.
 

A magistrate hearing a criminal case


Before a criminal trial begins, the judge will familiarise himself with the facts of the case by reading the significant case documents. These contain the accusation, which sets out the charges on which the defendant is to be judged, witness statements and records on applications to be made by any party regarding the acceptability of proof in the trial. For jury trials in the Crown Court, the magistrate supervises the selection and swearing, giving the jurors a course about their part in the trial of deciding the evidence.
 

During the trial


As soon as the trial has begun, the magistrate ensures that all participants involved are given the chance for their case to be introduced and considered as totally and justly as possible. The magistrate will play an active role during the trial, guiding the way the case is led, in accordance with related law and practice.  As the case advances, the judge will make records of the proof and will decide on legal matters, for example, whether evidence is acceptable. A solicitor in London will guide you through the trial and will defend you with all legal documentation and information regarding your case.

If all evidence in the case has been heard, the magistrate’s summing up will take place and he will set out for the jury the law on each of the charges have been made. The judge then will give instructions about the responsibilities of the jury before they withdraw to the jury deliberation room to reflect on the verdict.
 

The sentence after jury deliberation


If the jury find the defendant guilty, then the magistrate will choose a correct condemnation. The sentence will be influenced by a number of aspects, like the influence that the crime has had on the victim, the conditions of the case and pertinent law, particularly guideline cases from the Court of Appeal. After the judge has measured all of the factors above, he will pronounce a right verdict or punishment.

If you are involved in a trial, our team of defence solicitors in London will legally represent you and assist you the entire process, so please feel free to contact us.

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