The Magistrates Court
Magistrates, also known as Justices of the Peace, are lay volunteers; and although they do not have to have legal qualifications, they are chosen for their good character and key qualities. They are trained and will have a legal adviser to assist them.
If you have been charged or summonsed, you will be given a date to attend the Magistrates’ Court, and unless your case is either too serious or you decide you want a trial by jury, the proceedings will start and end there.
It is vital that you speak with a solicitor who knows the law and the court process inside out and will be able to advise you on the best way forward, defend you at trial or to speak to the Magistrates on your behalf to achieve the best and most appropriate outcome for you.