Unit 1 Law Revision AS

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Court Structure; Criminal Courts and Lay people

Court Structure                                           

 

Magistrates   - SUMMARY/SOME TEW              

                                                                         

Crown Court                            High Court QBD   

(Sentence/conviction)               (Points of Law)

Court of Appeal

(Sentence/conviction)

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Court powers

Magistrates-

  • Hear all summary offences as well as some triable either way
  • Can sentence upto 6 months or 12 if it is a consecutive offence
  • An example of a summary offence would be a minor driving offence

Crown Court-

  • Confirm sentence
  • Quash conviction
  • Find defendant guilty of another offence 
  • Increase or decrease the sentence

High Court Queens Bench Division-

  • May confirm decision
  • Vary or reverse decision
  • Send case back to magistrates
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