Plea Before Venue: an introduction (or refresher) and case update

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  • Released 7th Feb 2022
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Plea before venue and allocation are key areas of criminal process, and a key point at which a legal representative needs to give advice to their client; so it's useful to have an introduction, or refresher for this who have been doing other things for a while, as well as considering some recent cases and the issues which arose in them.

This presentation aims to do three things, review the process for plea before venue and allocation, consider some of the factors to consider in advice on plea and venue, and review some recent cases.

Credit has been a regular issue in recent case law, and this presentation will look at that as well as some procedural issues in the case law review.

The key legislation includes the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980, the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, and parts 8 & 9 of the Criminal Procedure Rules. It will also touch on the Sentencing Act 2020, and the Allocation Guideline produced by the Sentencing Council.

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Learning objectives:

  • An understanding of the Plea Before Venue Procedure for Adults
  • An understanding of the Allocation Procedure for Adults
  • An awareness of common issues to consider in advising on plea and venue
  • An awareness of some recent issues arising in appeal cases in relation to credit and procedure

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James Edenborough

Consultant to LTC (Practising Barrister) • Law Training Centre

James studied history at the University of Cambridge, going on to an MA in Legal and Political Theory at UCL. A practising barrister, James was at the criminal bar for 13 years. In 2015, James moved in-house to work in professional regulation, specialising in fitness to practise. James taught criminal procedure to paralegal students for NALP and was a trainer for the International Debate Education Association, an NGO which promotes democratic culture through debate, teaching seminars to students in Russia, central Europe, and China.

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