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(p. 161) Part III From Charge to Trial 

(p. 161) Part III From Charge to Trial
Author(s):

Martin Hannibal

and Lisa Mountford

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date: 25 November 2020

This chapter considers the public funding of criminal proceedings and the early stages of the criminal litigation process. Topics discussed include legal aid as a human right; pre-charge advice and assistance; funded representation in court; representation orders; the interests of justice test; means testing and its application to cases tried in the magistrates’ court; the means test as applied to cases triable on indictment; work that can be done under a representation order; acquitted defendants and Defendants’ Costs Order; the future of public funding; and preparing for the first appearance before the magistrates’ court.

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