The Administration of Criminal Justice in England and Wales

The Administration of Criminal Justice in England and Wales

Pergamon Modern Legal Outlines

1st Edition - January 1, 1966

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  • Author: C. F. Shoolbred
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483136738

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The Administration of Criminal Justice in England and Wales outlines in simple language what takes place in trial courts in England and Wales. This book focuses on the administration of justice in England and Wales, which is divided into three categories— magistrates' courts, Quarter Sessions, and Assizes. The fundamental difference between these categories is that trials in magistrates' courts take place before a bench of magistrates, a stipendiary or metropolitan magistrate, while Quarter Sessions or Assizes are trials by jury. The topics discussed include the magistrates' courts; transition from magistrates' courts to Quarter Sessions and Assize courts; jurors; trial by jury–Quarter Sessions; and after-trial duties–appeals to court of criminal appeal. A table of the courts engaged in administering criminal law is provided after the introduction of this text. This publication is a good reference for students aiming to become practicing barristers, solicitors, members of the Assize courts staff, clerks of the peace, or justices' clerks.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword



    Table of Courts Engaged in Administering Criminal Law

    1. Magistrates' Courts

    Appointment of Magistrates

    Size of the Bench

    Justices Clerks

    Summary Trial

    Plea of Guilty in Absence of Accused

    Trial of Information

    Power of Adjournment

    Hearing at Magistrates Court

    Offenses Triable Summarily or on Indictment

    Committal to Quarter Sessions for Sentence

    Committal for Trial


    Juvenile Courts

    Affiliation Orders

    Domestic Proceedings


    Bookmaker's Permit and Betting Office License

    Civil Debts

    2. Transition from Magistrates' Courts to Quarter Sessions and Assize Courts

    Committal for Trial


    Committals for Sentence


    Nolle prosequi

    Fixing of Dates

    Arrangements of Lists



    County Day Agenda

    3. Jurors


    Jury Panel

    Jury Excuses

    Empaneling Juries

    Penalty for Non-appearance

    Challenge to Jurors

    Putting in Charge

    Considering Verdict

    Communications to Judge or Chairman

    Taking of Verdict

    Payment of Jurors

    4. Trial by Jury — Quarter Sessions

    Pleas of Guilty

    Pleas of Not Guilty




    Judgment of the Court

    Bail Estreats

    Additional Cases Taken into Consideration

    Corrective Training and Preventive Detention

    Quarter Sessions

    Size of Bench

    Rota of Justices

    Applications to Court

    Breaches of Probation Orders and Conditional Discharges

    Committals for Sentence

    Appeals from Magistrates Courts


    5. After-trial Duties—Appeals to Court of Criminal Appeal

    Committal Warrants

    Estreat Roll

    Return to Treasury of Fines

    After-trial Calendar

    Notices to Clerks to Justices

    Witness and Juror Expenses

    Costs in Criminal Cases

    Legal Aid Certificates

    Examination of Bills of Costs

    Appeals to Court of Criminal Appeal

    Appeals to the House of Lords

    Appendix I. Recent Statutes affecting Criminal Procedure

    Appendix II. Dictionary of Prison Slang

    Appendix III. Glossary of Legal Terms in Criminal Law

    Table of Statutes


Product details

  • No. of pages: 182
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1966
  • Published: January 1, 1966
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483136738

About the Author

C. F. Shoolbred

About the Editor

W. A. J. Farndale

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