The new Regime proposed for implementation in the Autumn will substantially change the way in which cases are listed in the Magistrates Court. It puts greater burdens on the CPS but the Court will expect more information from the Defence at the Case Management Hearing. The move is to use a Case Management hearing to extract admissions and move towards a Defence Case Statement scenario similar to that in the Crown Court. This lecture will point out the dangers for the Defence and suggest ways of ameliorating them.
Presenter Bruce Reid has been a Magistrates Court advocate all his professional life and has made over 38,000 appearances there. A proud upholder of the tradition that the Crown has to prove its case, he views any move to detract from this idea as new-fangled nonsense to be stoutly resisted.
He is a Consultant to Steel and Shamash and conducts his own Freelance Agency practice at Camberwell Green daily. He writes the back page column of the London Advocate.