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The Court Process

1. Give us your Instructions – we will need to take your detailed instructions in relation to all of the witness statements that are relied upon by the Prosecution. We will need your instructions in relation to all aspects of your defence.

2. Advise upon trial venue – Magistrates Court v Crown Court.

Magistrates Court

  • Less delay
  • Less intimidating
  • Less sentencing powers
  • In event of a conviction, no power to award defence costs

Crown Court

  • Trial by judge and jury
  • Representation by barrister
  • For complex issues of fact or law
  • Dealing with complex issues

3. Advice upon plea – Guilty or Not Guilty?

The Prosecution must prove its case against you. It is not for you to prove your innocence. It will be our responsibility to obtain as much information as possible about the Prosecution evidence and to advise you about the strength of that evidence or otherwise, and upon all aspects of your case before advising you as to the appropriate plea. You will then be asked by the court whether you wish to plead ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’.

Early Guilty Plea

All Solicitors are required to advise their clients that credit is given for an early ‘guilty’ plea. That is to say that if you plead ‘guilty’ at the earliest opportunity, then the sentence passed will be reduced by up to one third from the sentence that would be imposed either in the event of pleading ‘guilty’ at a later stage or pleading ‘not guilty’ but being found ‘guilty’. Maximum credit is obtained if a ‘guilty’ plea is entered at the earliest possible opportunity.

Not Guilty Plea

You should plead ‘not guilty’ to something that you have not done. You should only plead ‘guilty’ if you believe, following our advice, that you are ‘guilty’.

If a plea of ‘not guilty’ is entered to a ‘Summary Only’ offence, then the case will be adjourned for trial in the Magistrates Court.

If a plea of ‘not guilty’ is entered to an ‘Either Way’ offence, the Magistrates dealing with your case will hear representations from the Crown Prosecution Service and the Defence Solicitor about whether the trial should be dealt with in the Magistrates Court or the Crown Court.

If a plea of ‘guilty’ is entered, the case will then proceed to sentence and the Magistrates will decide whether sentencing powers are sufficient to deal with the case in the Magistrates Court or whether they should commit the case to the Crown Court, where a Judge’s sentencing powers are greater.

Contact a specialist today

Martyn Prowel
Martyn Prowel
E-mail: mprowel@martynprowel.co.uk
Direct Line Telephone No. : 029 2047 5121
Martyn is a consultant and has over 40 years’ experience dealing with serious and complex criminal cases
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Geraint Richards
Geraint Richards
E-mail: grichards@martynprowel.co.uk
Direct Line Telephone No. : 029 2047 5121
Geraint qualified as a solicitor in 1984. He has extensive experience as a crime specialist.
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James Lynch
James Lynch
E-mail: jlynch@martynprowel.co.uk
Direct Line Telephone No. : 029 2047 5126
James has nearly 20 years post-qualification experience and during that time has represented clients charged with murder, attempted murder, fraud, armed robbery, drug offences, blackmail and serious sexual offences which were before the Crown Court at Cardiff, Newport and Swansea.
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Aled Watkins
Aled Watkins
E-mail: awatkins@martynprowel.co.uk
Direct Line Telephone No. : 029 2047 5121
Aled Watkins qualified as a solicitor in 2000. Initially, he worked in general practice representing clients as an advocate in contested family proceedings, both in the County and Magistrates Court and also in care proceedings and adoption hearings.
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James Harris
James Harris
E-mail: jharris@martynprowel.co.uk
Direct Line Telephone No. : 029 2047 5121
James qualified as a solicitor in 2005. As a trainee solicitor James was in general practice, dealing with both criminal law and social welfare issues including welfare benefits advice, antisocial behaviour cases and benefit fraud.
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Kate Lingley
E-mail: klingley@martynprowel.co.uk
Direct Line Telephone No. : 029 2047 5121
Kate represents clients accused of all criminal offences in the Police Station, Youth Court, Magistrates Court, Crown Court and Appeal Courts.
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Michelle Spencer
Michelle Spencer
E-mail: mspencer@martynprowel.co.uk
Direct Line Telephone No. : 029 2047 5121
Michelle is a member of the Institute of Legal Executives with some 8 years experience of criminal defence work.
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Peter Stone
Peter Stone
E-mail: pstone@martynprowel.co.uk
Direct Line Telephone No. : 029 2047 5100
Peter has been a member of Martyn Prowel Solicitors Crime and Motoring Department since 2002 and in that time has provided legal advice and assistance to clients attending at Police Stations for interview.
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