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Preparation for guilty plea in the magistrates court

1. If a defendant pleads guilty in a magistrates' court you may conduct the case. At the hearing the court may need to be satisfied that you have the right to conduct the case 1, and that you have served both the summons and Initial details of the prosecution case.

2. You will need to prepare:

3. You will need the following papers at the court hearing:

4.All inspectors should note that there will be new sentencing guidelines as of the 1st February 2016. These new guidelines will have an impact on how you should prepare for a guilty plea. All inspectors should ensure they have received training on the new guidelines prior to the 1st February.


Footnotes

  1. s39 Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  2. 6 copies will normally suffice - 3 Magistrates; Clerk; witness; defence.
  3. R -v- F Howe & Son (Engineers) Ltd [1999] 2 AII ER 249 163 JP 259 [1999] 2 CR APP R (S) 37 [1999] Crim LR 238
  4. R -v- Friskies Petcare UK Ltd, Court of Appeal Criminal Division, 10 March 2000, Case no 99/5226/WC (2000) CAR (s) 401
  5. 6 copies will normally suffice – 3 Magistrates; Clerk; witness; defence.
Updated 2016-01-23