Court Representation

Magistrates' Court

Magistrates' CourtHave you been charged with or summonsed for an offence?

Seeking the Representation of Morton’s Solicitors will: -

  • Protect your legal rights
  • Give you expert advice before you have to enter your plea
  • Advise you on the strength of the evidence against you
  • Advise you of the law and your potential defenceOld Bailey
  • Advise you of the best venue for your trial
  • Conduct expert cross-examination of witnesses
  • Make legal submission on your behalf
  • Challenge any legal submissions made against you
  • Allow representations to be made to the court on your behalf
  • Advise you of the likely outcome of the case
  • Ensure you achieve the best possible outcome in all of the circumstances

There are 3 different levels of offences: -

  • Summary Only
  • Either way
  • Indictable Only

Summary only offences are the least serious and can only be dealt with at the Magistrates Court.

Either way offences are offences that are generally also dealt with at the Magistrates Court but the more serious ones can proceed to the Crown Court.

Indictable only offences are the most serious and can only be dealt with at the Crown Court.

First HearingThe First Hearing

The court will expect you to enter a plea to the allegations whether that is guilty or not guilty.

If your case is a summary or either way matter and you are pleading guilty then it is likely that the court will sentence you immediately or request the Probation Service to prepare a report. They could also commit your case for sentence to the Crown Court.

If you plead not guilty the case will be adjourned to a trial hearing which could be anything from six weeks to six months away, unless Crown court trial is more suitable for the case. In the event that the court views it as so serious it should proceed to the Crown Court or you elect for your case to be heard there (either way matters only), then the case will be directed 'allocated' to the Crown Court where the next hearing will take place.

If you are appearing for an Indictable offence then there will be a short hearing to send the case to the Crown Court. The next hearing would then take place at the Crown Court.

If you appear on bail – it is likely that your bail will be extended on the same terms. If you had been kept in custody by the police we could apply for bail on your behalf.

For further information about the function of the Magistrates Court see

Youth CourtYouth Court

The youth court is a Magistrates' Court for people under 18 years. The court room is more informal and it is not open to the public.

A young person appearing in court should be assisted by an appropriate adult – usually a parent or guardian.

Most cases involving young defendants will be dealt with at this level, only the most serious will proceed to the Crown Court.

No matter how old you are, we will listen to you, and your wishes. We act based on your instructions and can consult with you in private without your appropriate adult being present.

Crown CourtCrown Court

The Crown Court is for the most serious cases to be heard; Mortons Solicitors deal with such cases on a daily basis and have a wealth of experience and expertise in providing top quality representation.

If your case progresses to the Crown Court this can be a daunting arena. Mortons Solicitors can guide you through the process. As with any matter before the Court we will examine the evidence, listen to your instructions, instruct experts where appropriate, and advise you on your options and the various possible outcomes. It is your case and it is essential that you have all the information available to enable you to decide how to proceed.

The Crown Court team at Morton Solicitors are senior and highly qualified. We have our own in–house advocacy team, with four of our Criminal Solicitors holding Rights of Audience in the Higher Courts.

The team are often involved in notable and high profile cases such as murders, conspiracies, rape & historical sexual offences & Proceeds of Crime Act cases.

We pay attention to detail, and leave no stone unturned in our commitment to represent you to the highest standard.

AppealS CourtAppeal Court

Whether you plead guilty or are found guilty in either the Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court, an appeal might be appropriate.
All defendants have an automatic right of appeal by way of re-hearing in relation to any conviction or sentence imposed at a Magistrates’ Court. The appeal usually is to the Crown Court.

To appeal against conviction or sentence from the Crown Court, requires permission of the Court of Appeal. The law relating to appeals is complex, Mortons Solicitors can give you all the advice that you need on this subject.  There are strict time limits within which to appeal so if you require advice on this subject we would suggest you contact us immediately.

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