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Proof of convictions

1. If the defence has agreed previous convictions, you will not need to prove these at trial. If the defence raise any objection, or if the convictions in question are of a person other than the defendant, you will need to prove the convictions by a signed certificate of conviction (Crown Court) or copy of the memorandum of conviction (magistrates' court), together with proof that the person named in the Certificate is the person whose conviction is in issue. 1

2. Where it is necessary to prove previous advice or enforcement action, which has not been agreed by the defendant, you must:

3. Citing previous convictions is explained in the sentencing hearing and imposing the sentence section.


1. PACE 1984, ss.73 to 75. A conviction in any one part of the United Kingdom may be proved in any other part of the UK: Prevention of Crimes Act 1871. Back

Updated 2020-12-03