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Magistrates' Court Advice

What should I do if I am charged with a criminal offence?

If you have received a summons in the post or have been told you are required to attend court, the first thing you should do is contact us. We will be able to advise you on what to do next.

Prior to the first court hearing, we will advise you if you are eligible for legal aid (funding) and assist you in making the application.

We will obtain the Initial Details of the Prosecution Case. This is bundle of evidence from the Crown Prosecution Service and will usually include a case summary and witness statements.

When you arrive at court for your first hearing, you will first be required to book in with an usher. You will then be given an opportunity to meet with one of our lawyers to discuss your case before going into court.

We will advise you on the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecution case, your plea, where the case will be heard, and bail, if appropriate.

Once you have consulted with your lawyer and provided instructions, you will be asked to come into the courtroom for your hearing. Your lawyer will be present throughout to guide and advise you through this process.

If you have, or a family member has been contacted by the police or received a summons in the post, please feel free to call us for a no-obligation discussion about your case on 01227 918436.