Role of magistrates

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What % of criminal cases do they try?
97%
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what type of offences do they deal with?
Summary and less serious either-way offences
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what maximum sentences can they impose?
£5000, 6 months for 1 offence, 12 months for more than 1, specialised youth courts for young offenders
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What does the other 3% of their work entail?
dealing with the preliminary hearings for the more serious cases
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What is an early administrative hearing?
It's the first hearing in the Magistrates' court, heard by a single lay magistrate or the clerk of court
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what issues can be dealt with in the early administrative hearing?
legal aid/ eligibility for it, representation of defendant, remanded in custody or let out on bail, bail applications and pre sentence reports and/or medical reports
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what else can magistrates authorise?
transfer proceedings, warrants (for both arrest and search), bail applications, non-police prosecutions e.g. for non-payment of TV licences
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what involvement to magistrates have in civil work?
some enforcement of debts owed to utilities companies, but it is mostly specialised work in the Family court
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