This diagram helps to explain the Courts Hierarchy in England and Wales. From the bedrock of justice in the Magistrates’ Courts, justice is also done through the Crown Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and the final arbiter is the House of Lords (until November 2009 when that role passed to the new Supreme Court).… Read more “The Courts Hierarchy in Outline”
This is a simplified view of a typical magistrates’ court layout. Most courtrooms are fairly similar, featuring the central and dominant magistrates’ bench (which is often raised on a platform). Between this and the lawyers tables for the prosecution and defence there is space for the court legal advisor.… Read more “Example of a Magistrates’ Court Layout”
This diagram helps to explain the Sentencing Framework used by magistrates for the sentencing of adult offenders.
The sentencing options available depend upon the appropriateness of punishment and the seriousness of the offence. They range from discharge to fine, community order to custody, with or without separate fines.… Read more “Sentencing Framework in Outline”