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Are you going to be attending Court for the first time? Are you feeling nervous and unsure of how to present yourself? If so, this article should help you get through attending Court for the first time.

If you have been charged with a Criminal Offence or being prosecuted for a Driving Offence, it could be your first involvement with the Criminal Justice System, and you may find the whole experience somewhat daunting and confusing. If your case is listed for a sentence hearing or a trial in the Magistrates’ or Crown Court, your priority should be to secure an experienced and skilled solicitor so you receive the correct legal advice before your Court Hearing and your interests are properly protected at Court.

Our Solicitors and Barristers are experienced at successfully defending cases in both the Magistrates’ and Crown Court, if you would like to speak with a Solicitor or Barrister send us a message via our Contact Form or call us on 0345 222 9955 to see how we can safeguard your rights and interests at Court.

Most criminal and motoring offences such as Assault, Speeding, Careless Driving, Failing to Provide Driver Details and Driving Disqualifications are dealt with by the Magistrates’ Court. Our clients are often professionals and law-abiding citizens with a clean criminal record, and for that reason have never attended Court before for a criminal or motoring offence.

Attending Court for the First Time

If you instruct Kang & Co Solicitors to represent you for a Criminal Offence or Motoring Law Offence, our lawyers will be there with you every step of the way to assist and answer any questions you may have. We will be extremely helpful if you are attending court for the first time. We are frequently instructed for cases involving:

With all our clients that are attending court for the first time, whether it be the Magistrates’ or Crown Court, we recommend the following:

Attending Court on Time

The Court Summons or Postal Requisition you have received will have a start time, this will be a 10am or 2pm start time. We recommend that you arrive 45 minutes before the time listed on The Court Summons or Postal Requisition. If you have been given a 10am time, we recommend arriving at Court just after 9am, it is also important to note that most Magistrates’ Courts open at 9am therefore, it is not necessary to attend before 9am. It is important that you are not late, therefore we recommend that you factor in unexpected traffic delays, road closures and travel disruptions into your travel time.

Planning Your Journey

If you are unfamiliar with the location of the Court, you should research this a few days before your Court date. We recommend that you research the location of the Court, how to get to Court, identify suitable car parking locations and planning your rail journey, if attending by rail. We also recommend that you park in a long-stay car park as you could be at Court for longer than anticipated. For details about Birmingham Magistrates’ Court For details about Walsall Magistrates’ Court For details about Leamington Spa Magistrates’ Court

Court Listings

The time listed on your Court Summons or Postal Requisition is not an appointment time or the time your case will be heard. The Court will give the same start time to 20, 30 or even 40 other defendants, and it is at the discretion of the Court as to the order cases are heard. If you are the first person to attend Court, it does not necessary mean that your case will be heard first however, you must be at Court before the time listed on your Court Summons or Postal Requisition. You should be prepared to be at Court for several hours and should arrange your affairs accordingly. Our lawyers will also aim to have your case heard as soon as possible to avoid you having to wait for several hours.

Transportation to Court

If your lawyer has advised you that there is a risk you could be disqualified from driving, it is important to note that the driving ban imposed by the Court will be effective immediately therefore, you should either attend using public transport or should have another person with you that can drive, should you receive a driving ban. If you attend Court in your own vehicle and receive a driving ban, you will be committing a further offence (Driving Whilst Disqualified) if you drive your vehicle back home from Court.

Court Dress Code for Defendants

There is no formal dress code for defendants attending Court, and you should wear appropriate and comfortable clothing. However, it is important to remember that a Court Hearing is a formal arrangement and appropriate respect should be shown to the Court, District Judge, Jury or Magistrates’ therefore you may prefer to attend in accordance with a smart dress code.

Mobile Phones at Court

You should bring your mobile phone with you to Court, as this allows your lawyer to contact you whilst at Court and to update you with any essential information whilst you are travelling to Court. However, when you enter the Court room, you should turn off all mobile phones and electronic devices, as they should not be used in Court.

Attending Court with a Relative or Friend

If you are nervous about the thought of attending the Magistrates’ or Crown Court for a Sentence Hearing or Trial we recommend you bring your spouse, a relative or a friend for emotional support. The person you bring will be able to sit in the public gallery of the Court, once your case is being heard. We advise against bringing several family members or friends to Court, as this can sometimes be counterproductive. Furthermore, whilst your family member or friend is sat in the public gallery of the Court, they should not be making any comments about the case or making any unnecessary sounds or actions and they should also turn off their mobile phone.

Information About Your Income – Means Information

A few days before your case is listed in Court, we recommend that you research and make a written note of your household income and expenditure. It is important that you have an accurate and clear understanding of your household income and bills. If you plead guilty or are found guilty at Court following a trial, the Court will usually impose a fine, the amount of the fine is based upon individual financial means. The Court will need to know your specific income and expenditure so that an appropriate fine can be imposed upon you. We recommend that you are aware of this before you attend Court. When you attend Court, you will be provided with a ‘means form’ to complete.

Use A Professional

If your liberty, reputation, driving licence or livelihood are at risk due to a criminal prosecution or a driving prosecution you should instruct a Qualified and Experienced Solicitor or Barrister so that you have the best chance of a successful outcome. Our Solicitors and Barristers will fight to win your case and have an excellent track record at successfully defending all types of criminal and driving offence cases throughout England and Wales. Our Solicitors and Barristers are regularly instructed to defend cases in Birmingham, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, Tamworth, Lichfield, Leamington Spa and Coventry. If you would like a free initial telephone consultation about your case, call us on 0345 222 9955 or e-mail info@kangandco.co.uk or fill out the form below.

Transportation to Court

If your lawyer has advised you that there is a risk you could be disqualified from driving, it is important to note that the driving ban imposed by the Court will be effective immediately therefore, you should either attend using public transport or should have another person with you that can drive, should you receive a driving ban. If you attend Court in your own vehicle and receive a driving ban, you will be committing a further offence (Driving Whilst Disqualified) if you drive your vehicle back home from Court.

Court Dress Code for Defendants

If you are attending court for the first time you may not be aware of dress codes in court. There is no formal dress code for defendants attending Court, and you should wear appropriate and comfortable clothing. However, it is important to remember that a Court Hearing is a formal arrangement and appropriate respect should be shown to the Court, District Judge, Jury or Magistrates’ therefore you may prefer to attend in accordance with a smart dress code.

Mobile Phones at Court

If you attending court for the first time it is important to be aware of when and where it can be used. First of all, you should bring your mobile phone with you to Court, as this allows your lawyer to contact you whilst at Court and to update you with any essential information whilst you are travelling to Court. However, when you enter the Court room, you should turn off all mobile phones and electronic devices, as they should not be used in Court.

Attending Court with a Relative or Friend

If you are nervous about the thought of attending court for the first time we recommend you bring your spouse, a relative or a friend for emotional support. The person you bring will be able to sit in the public gallery of the Court, once your case is being heard. We advise against bringing several family members or friends to Court, as this can sometimes be counterproductive. Furthermore, whilst your family member or friend is sat in the public gallery of the Court, they should not be making any comments about the case or making any unnecessary sounds or actions and they should also turn off their mobile phone.

Information About Your Income – Means Information

A few days before your case is listed in Court, we recommend that you research and make a written note of your household income and expenditure. It is important that you have an accurate and clear understanding of your household income and bills. If you plead guilty or are found guilty at Court following a trial, the Court will usually impose a fine, the amount of the fine is based upon individual financial means. The Court will need to know your specific income and expenditure so that an appropriate fine can be imposed upon you. We recommend that you are aware of this before you attend Court. When you attend Court, you will be provided with a ‘means form’ to complete.

Use A Professional

If your liberty, reputation, driving licence or livelihood are at risk due to a criminal prosecution or a driving prosecution you should instruct a Qualified and Experienced Solicitor or Barrister so that you have the best chance of a successful outcome. Our Solicitors and Barristers will fight to win your case and have an excellent track record at successfully defending all types of criminal and driving offence cases throughout England and Wales. Our Solicitors and Barristers are regularly instructed to defend cases in Birmingham, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, Tamworth, Lichfield, Leamington Spa and Coventry. If you would like a free initial telephone consultation about your case, call us on 0345 222 9955 or e-mail info@kangandco.co.uk or fill out the form below. We hope this article has helped you and has you better prepared for attending court for the first time.

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