The Crown Court of England and Wales is, together with the High Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal, one of the constituent parts of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. It is the higher court of first instance in criminal cases; however, for some purposes the Crown Court is hierarchically subordinate to the High Court and its Divisional Courts.
The Crown Court sits in around 92 locations in England and Wales. The administration of the Crown Court is conducted through HM Courts Service. Previously conducted across six circuits (Midland, Northern, North Eastern, South Eastern, Wales & Chester and Western), HM Courts Service is now divided into seven regions: Midlands, North East, North West, South East, South West, London and Wales. The Wales region was identified separately, having regard to the devolved legislative powers of the Welsh Assembly Government. The Central Criminal Court at the Old Bailey, originally established by its own Act of Parliament, is part of the Crown Court, and is the venue at which many of the most serious criminal cases are heard.
The Crown Court carries out four principal types of activity: appeals from decisions of magistrates; sentencing of defendants committed from magistrates’ courts, jury trials, and the sentencing of those who are convicted in the Crown Court, either after trial or on pleading guilty. On average, defendants in custody face a waiting time of 13 weeks and 3 days. Those on bail experience greater delay, waiting on average 15 weeks and 4 days until their case is heard. Rather than speaking of a location at which the Crown Court sits, it is common practice to refer to any venue as a Crown court, e.g., Teesside Crown court.
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... is convicted of a serious offence in the Crown Court, or committed for sentencing from the Magistrates' Court, the Crown Court can make an order (s.19) ... The courts have wide powers to vary or discharge orders (ss.18-19, 20-22) and there is also a route of appeal from the Crown Court or High Court to the Court of Appeal by any party involved (ss.23-2 ... monitors to supervise compliance with the order and the court may order that the subject of an order pay the costs of the monitoring (ss.39-40) ...
... The Crown Court deals with serious criminal charges and with less serious charges where the accused has elected trial at the Crown Court instead of trial at a magistrates' court ... The Crown Court also hears appeals against conviction and sentence from magistrates ... There are 91 locations in England and Wales at which the Crown Court regularly sits ...
... This article concerns appeals against decisions of the England and Wales Crown Court ... The majority of appeals against Crown Court decisions are heard by the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal ...
... Until 1 January 1937, when The County Court Districts (Name of Court) Order 1936 came into force, the full title of each court was The County Court of (county) holden at (location/lo ... Thereafter, each court was renamed as (location/s) County Court ... For brevity, the latter form is used throughout in this table, and "County Court" is abbreviated to "CC" ...
... Originally, the court was divided into six circuits as follows Circuit Area North Eastern Northumberland, County Durham, Yorkshire Northern Cumberland, Westmorland, Lancashire and part of ...
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