E67 – Before a Criminal Trial – The Pre-trial Hearing (Monologue)

This episode is part of the English Legal System (Module 5): An Introduction to Criminal Procedure.

This episodes focuses on pre-trial criminal procedure, after the investigation stage and decision to prosecute. We look at what happens before the trial proper when the defendant must make his or her first appearance in the magistrates’ court. This episode covers the initial appearance for each type of offence (summary-only, either-way and indictable-only) and includes information about:

– what happens if a defendant pleads guilty or not
– the decisions the magistrates’ court has to make
– paperless courtrooms.

This episode contains some helpful criminal law vocabulary which you can also find in the Criminal Procedure Rules Glossary.

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