I am pleading guilty - What will happen with my case at court?

If you attend court you will arrive at court and ‘book in’ at the ushers desk. When you enter court you will be asked to confirm your guilty plea and the courts will then listen to the facts of the case from the prosecution and then any mitigating circumstances you wish to put forward. They will also hear details of your financial circumstances. The magistrates will then proceed to sentence you which usually means a fine and penalty points for most cases.

If you do not attend court you need to send your plea form to court confirming your guilty plea. The magistrates will hear the facts of the case from the prosecution and then will hear details of your mitigating circumstances and financial circumstances which will be read from your plea form. The magistrates will then proceed to sentence you and the courts will send you a notice confirming the details of any fine or penalty points that have been imposed.


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