The Crown Court deals with cases transferred from the Magistrates' Court which are more serious offences. It also hears appeals against decisions of Magistrates' Courts, and deals with cases sent for sentence from Magistrates' Courts. The main difference between the Magistrates and Crown Court is that at the Crown Court a trial is heard by a judge and jury.
The Crown Court has a much greater sentencing power and is not bound like the magistrates to a maximum sentence of 6 months per charge. The maximum power for each offence is usually set by statute but the Crown Court can give life or even indeterminate sentences (IPP’s) for the most serious of offences.
We have an expert Crown Court department who are responsible for these cases. Our specialist advocacy team is supported by specialist supervision of the preparation of cases for court. We pride ourselves on our team’s extensive knowledge of the legal system and their impressive record of success in a number of high profile cases.
A key element of our service is our excellent working relationship with many barristers and chambers in the regions.
Once a case has been referred to the Crown Court, our client can be assured that their case is being handled exercising great care and professionalism to achieve the best possible defence and outcome.