Courts and Offences
The type of offence you have been accused of committing will dictate what court you are to be tried in and can determine the type of sentence you might expect to receive from the court if convicted of the offence.
A ‘Summary Only’ offence can only be dealt with in the Magistrates Court.An ‘Either Way’ offence can either be dealt with in the Magistrates Court or the Crown Court, depending upon the particular circumstances of the case. If you are charged with an ‘either way’ offence, you can elect to be tried before a Judge and Jury at the Crown Court.
An ‘Indictable Only’ offence can only be dealt with at the Crown Court. Your case will be transferred to the Crown Court and will be listed for a ‘Preliminary Hearing’ at which time a Judge will give further Directions about how your case is to proceed.
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