Crown Court

Crown Court Solicitors
Legally reviewed by: Kevin Waddingham

If a serious criminal case against you is referred to the Crown Court, having experienced and professional legal representation is crucial. Cartwright King’s competent and qualified solicitors and barristers offer you reliable representation to give you the best defence possible.

To speak to our reputable Crown Court Solicitors, get in touch now.

Calm, collected solicitors for Crown Court hearings 

Crown Court hearings can be worrying and distressing, which is why you need calm, collected solicitors to reassure you, keep you focused and give you the right legal guidance. 

Cartwright King has years of experience helping people through Crown Court proceedings. We’re highly trusted, respected and effective at what we do, giving you the confidence and peace of mind that our solicitors have your best interests at heart.

Benefit from a free, initial telephone conversation

If your case is referred to the Crown Court, Cartwright King can take instructions for your case, anywhere across the UK. It all starts with a free, initial conversation, which is your opportunity to get us up to speed with your case and how you want us to help, with no obligation to use our services.

There’s no substitute for speaking to a specialist Solicitor when you’re faced with a Court hearing. For immediate action, call us or email us for your free* initial discussion. 

The discussion is completely informal and confidential, and is an opportunity for us to:

  • Get to know you 
  • Understand your situation
  • Agree how you want to proceed

*Please be aware that this is a ‘get to know you’ call and no advice will be given.

You could be entitled to Legal Aid

Cartwright King will always advise whether or not you are eligible for Legal Aid. If you are, we can apply on your behalf to ensure that you secure funding for your defence as quickly as possible.

If you don’t qualify for Legal Aid, we can discuss private fee paying options and a payment plan. What matters is that you have the best representation in Court and Cartwright King is committed to giving you the highest standard of defence.

Why choose Cartwright King?

Choosing Cartwright King will empower you. Facing a Crown Court hearing can leave you feeling isolated and vulnerable. Having an experienced Cartwright King Solicitor in your corner ensures that your legal rights are protected and that you’re not alone.

Cartwright King is recognised for its professionalism and reliability by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. You can trust us to put your best interests first throughout your case. We listen, we understand and we care about achieving the right outcome for you.

We're here for you.

Frequently asked questions.

What is the Crown Court?

The Crown Court deals with serious criminal cases and appeals referred by the Magistrates’ Court. Criminal offences are classified into three types:

i) “Summary-only” offences, which can only be tried in a Magistrates’ Court;
ii) “Either-way” offences which can be tried either in a Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court; and
iii) “Indictable-only” offences which can only be tried in the Crown Court.

What will happen at my Crown Court hearing?

If your case is referred to the Crown Court, you will be asked to attend a Plea and Trial Preparation Hearing (PTPH). This normally takes place within 28 days of appearing in the Magistrates’ Court. At the PTPH, you will be asked to confirm your plea. If you plead guilty, your case will be adjourned to a new date for sentencing.

If you plead not guilty, the case will be given a trial date and the Court will give directions.

In the Crown Court, your case will be heard by a Judge sitting with a jury of 12 people selected at random. The Judge is there to advise the jury on the law and procedure while the jury determines your guilt or innocence based on the facts of your hearing. If the jury decides that you are guilty, it is the Judge who decides your sentence.

Initially, the jury must be unanimous in a guilty verdict. However, a Judge may allow a majority decision later. If the Jury cannot decide, there may have to be a retrial.

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