Criminal case preparation – defence witnesses

This is our second factsheet dealing with the preparation of your defence case, focusing on defence witnesses.  What is a defence witness? Someone who gives evidence on your behalf. What are the different types of witnesses? There are four main types of defence witnesses: Witness of fact Alibi witness Character witness Expert witness What is a witness of fact? Someone who can give evidence...

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Criminal case preparation – an introduction.

  My criminal case is going to trial, how will it be prepared? This is the first in a series of factsheets intended to advise you in general terms about how your criminal case will be prepared by your solicitor if you have pleaded not guilty and your case is going to trial. It is intended as a general guide only as each case is dependent on its own facts and circumstances. This factsheet is...

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What happens in the youth court?

    This factsheet is intended as a guide for defendants appearing in the youth court. If you are under 18 unless your case is linked with an adult defendant or your case is of a very serious nature (a grave crime; for example murder), your case will be dealt with in the youth court.   Please note for the purpose of this fact sheet we are assuming that your offence is not a grave crime. The...

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What happens at a Crown Court trial? The verdict.

This is the last in our series of factsheets aimed to give you an overview of what you can expect to happen at your Crown Court trial. This one deals with the conclusion of the case and the verdict. If you would like to read the series in order click on the links below – we hope that you find them useful. What happens at a Crown Court trial – an introduction What happens at a Crown...

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What happens at a Crown Court trial – the Defence case.

  This is the third factsheet in our series advising you about the basics of what you can expect to happen in your Crown Court trial – the defence case. This factsheet should be read in conjunction with:   What happens in a Crown Court trial – an introduction What happens in a Crown Court trial – the prosecution case.   What is the Defence case? This is your case and your opportunity...

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What happens at a Crown Court trial – The prosecution case.

This factsheet is only intended as a summary of the issues that we think you should know about the prosecution element of your Crown Court trial. For full information you should always seek advice from a solicitor in person who will be able to advise you more specifically depending on the individual facts of your case.   For the inroductory issues relating to your Crown Court trial, please see...

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What happens at a Crown Court trial – An introduction.

  This fact-sheet is intended as an overview of the preliminary issues that you should know about in preparation for your Crown Court trial. Factsheet – What happens at a Crown Court trial – An introduction Please note that in the Crown Court, you can be represented by either a solicitor advocate or by a barrister. Remember, this is your choice. It is important that you have...

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What happens at a Magistrates’ Court trial?

Trial at a Magistrates’ Court This factsheet is only intended as a guide as to what is likely to happen at your trial. Criminal trials are all unique and it would be impossible to advise you about everything that could happen in your case as it is often dependent on the facts of your individual case. We hope however that you find this useful as an overview of trial procedure. If you have...

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Where will my criminal case be dealt with and what happens?

  This is a summary for you of where your criminal case will be dealt with, general court procedure and is a general outline as to what is likely to happen at each hearing. This factsheet relates to those who are 18 or over. If you are 17 or under,  please see our separate factsheet for the Youth Court.   Where will my first court hearing be? In every case your first court hearing will take...

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What happens if I go to prison?

What happens when I arrive?    A list of the property you have with you will be made. You will be allowed to keep some property, the rest will be stored and given to you when you leave. You will have a shower and be given your prison number. You will also see a member of the healthcare team for an assessment. Soon after your arrival you should have an interview with a prison officer to...

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