By Jeremy Farley
A complete assessment of crucial points of the legislations, meant for the layperson. Now revised and up to date to incorporate the hot criminal prone invoice.
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They must, however, be suitable in character and integrity and also have an understanding of the work that they perform. There are formal requirements as to age and residence and a magistrate must live within the area where they will sit: lay magistrates must be aged between 18 and 65 on appointment. Some people are not eligible to be appointed, including people with a serious criminal record, though minor offences such as driving offences will not disqualify a person. Others who are disqualified are undischarged bankrupts, members of the forces and those whose work is not compatible with sitting as a magistrate, such as police officers.
Preparing a case It is important that a case is prepared carefully – the court has to be convinced. A reasonable amount of time should be spent ensuring that all the facts are entered, all dates specified and all paperwork is available. The following points are a general guide to what preparation should be made: • someone with low income can use the legal help scheme to cover the costs of legal advice, but not representation from a solicitor. This advice can be extremely useful and can include getting expert reports, for example on faulty goods.
Criminal Appeals include appeals against convictions in the Crown Courts, and points of law referred by the Attorney General following acquittal in the Crown Court or where a sentence imposed is seen as too lenient. The Supreme Court The Supreme Court deals mostly with appeals from the Court of Appeal, where the case involves a point of law of public importance. Appeals are mostly about civil cases although the Lords do deal with some criminal appeals. If there is dissatisfaction with a finding of the Supreme Court the claimant can take a case higher through the European Court System.