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Magistrates summons

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Anyothername Fri 29-Jul-11 19:10:33

Name changed to ask this question... I've received a summons to appear at the magistrates court on an assault charge. I intend to plead not guilty. Can someone who knows about criminal law tell me what will happen at the first hearing? I haven't got copies of any of the evidence against me so when can I expect to get this or do I have to apply for it?

Thanks

cookcleanerchaufferetc Fri 29-Jul-11 21:05:15

Do you have a solictor? Did you do it? Could cab help?

lostlady Fri 29-Jul-11 21:07:08

Get a lawyer, it's the only thing to do.

Anyothername Fri 29-Jul-11 21:42:17

I intend to speak to a solicitor but I was hoping someone could tell me what to expect at the first hearing.

gingeroots Sat 30-Jul-11 20:39:43

No advice but I got done for assualt and was so petrified by whole police thing that I accepted a caution .
Wish I'd had courage to go to court and deny ( whole thing was ridiculous and vindictive ) - good on you and good luck .

Merle Sat 30-Jul-11 20:45:20

Hi there, at the first hearing they will want to know whether you are pleading guilty or not guilty. Before you decide that they have to give you some papers containing the case against you. It is called Advanced Disclosure'. You are then entitled to some time to read them and/or get some legal advice. There should be a 'Duty Solicitor' at court who can give you some free legal advice.

Lilymaid Sat 30-Jul-11 20:46:48

Alittle bit of information from the DirectGov website

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