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Discuss What is meant by the following statement? The English Criminal Justice system can be described as adversarial.
Discuss Does this affect the outcome of the case? Consider Sally Clarke & the Cardiff 3
How are offences classified? Summary – e.g. Driving offences, assault. Always tried in the Magistrates Court Indictable offences – e.g. Murder, manslaughter, rape. Must be tried at the Crown Court (thought they still begin in the magistrates court) Triable-either-way offences – What does this mean?
How are offences classified? Answer the following questions: Summarise the main thrust of the Criminal Procedure Rules 2005 What will the magistrates take into account when deciding which court will deal with the case? Explain when a defendant can insist on trial by jury Discuss why a defendant might wish to elect for trial by jury
Activity In groups locate a miscarriage of justice. Research the following: What happened? How did they appeal? On what grounds? What was the outcome (if there has been one yet) What is public opinion on this case (look at newspapers online)