Here at Watson Woodhouse we have a team of criminal defence solicitors with a wealth of experience in Crown Court cases. If you’re facing a trial consisting of the utmost seriousness and complexity, we’re ready to help. Please contact us today to discuss your case.
Because sentencing powers are vastly greater at Crown Court it’s important to instruct an experienced solicitor quickly. Ideally you require defence preparation at a very early stage and we will achieve this for you.
The Crown Court Process
If taking place in Crown Court you’ll initially attend Magistrates no matter how serious your case. In Crown Court your case will be heard by a judge and 12 jurors. The prosecution will present their case using witnesses. The defence then has the opportunity to question witnesses in a ‘cross examination’ with the aim of exposing weakness in the prosecution’s case.
The defence then presents their case. If the accused chooses to give evidence they will be cross examined by the prosecution barrister.
Speaking to the jury the judge will summarise both the prosecution and defence cases. During the time the judge directs the jury to points of law arising during the case. They will also explain the burden and standard of proof the prosecution brings to the case and how this must be proven beyond all reasonable doubt in a guilty verdict.
The Crown Courts Decision
Once all evidence has been heard and the judge has summarised, the jury leaves the courtroom. It’s their job to reach a verdict. Ideally all 12 will agree but if a significant amount of time passes without a unanimous conclusion, the Judge will allow for a majority verdict. This is where at least 10 jurors agree.
Upon return to the courtroom the jury foreman will present their decision to the court. If found guilty, the judge will impose sentence whilst taking into account the seriousness of the case and the level of blame placed on the defendant.
Crown Court Representation
Successful representation at Crown Court requires a certain level of skill and dedication which Watson Woodhouse has in abundance. Some may place defendants under inappropriate pressure to plead guilty on the day of trial whilst others do not have a sufficient breadth of experience to effectively counter an experienced prosecutor. Each member of our Crown Court team has received extensive training bringing with them the right experience and attitude to safeguard your interests.
We have a number of barristers and solicitors in-house with higher rights of audience who can represent you in court. Together with links to good quality barristers both locally and nationally, we have you covered. It is important that the person who stands up to represent you is the best fit for you and your case and if, having met your barrister, you are unhappy, we’ll find a better fit.
Why use a solicitor?
- A solicitor prepares you on what to expect at court
- Without legal representation you’ll have no experience in court
- You will harm your defence without a solicitor
Why Watson Woodhouse?
- We have vast amounts of experience in dealing with Crown Court cases
- We know the court process inside out
- We will seek to provide you with a defence to achieve the best possible result