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Audrey Gillan reports from a 'guilty plea' magistrates' court in Essex

PUBLISHED May 29, 2012

Southend's Early First Hearings Court begins the day at 10am, and all those who appear before it are expected to plead guilty. A total of 30 cases are heard, though a small amount of that work is shared with court four, the not guilty plea court. Early First Hearings is presided over by three lay magistrates - a chairman (who is actually a woman) and two assistants colloquially known as 'wingers'.

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