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(p. 224) 12. Prosecuting Summary Offences 

(p. 224) 12. Prosecuting Summary Offences
(p. 224) 12. Prosecuting Summary Offences

Martin Hannibal

and Lisa Mountford

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date: 03 December 2020

A summary trial will be held where a defendant pleads not guilty to a summary-only offence or pleads not guilty to an either-way offence where the magistrates’ court has accepted jurisdiction to try the offence at the allocation hearing and the defendant has consented to summary trial. This chapter deals with the steps in preparing for a summary trial. It considers pleading guilty by post; the circumstances in which a defendant can be summarily tried in her absence; the rules governing the drafting of a written charge/information; the pre-trial disclosure of evidence in a summary case; case management; the steps when preparing for summary trial; and the procedure at a summary trial on a not guilty plea.

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