Going to a criminal court – support for defendants New Ministry of Justice guide 14 October 2019 A how-to guide designed to make the criminal court process more accessible and understandable for all has been produced by the Ministry of Justice. The four-part guide is designed to be understood by all defendants, including those with low literacy levels, and are available online and in courts. The guide aims to unpick complicated legal language; flag available legal advice; explain crown and magistrates’ court processes; and give advice on practicalities such as childcare. The four parts are: Before court: Going to a criminal court as a defendant Going to court as a defendant: Understanding the legal terms used in court At court: Being a defendant in a magistrates’ court At court: Being a defendant in the Crown Court These new guides have been developed because lay users often go to court without a sufficient understanding of what to expect from the process, which can cause delays and restrict access to justice. It is therefore hoped that this work will also make the courts more efficient for victims and witnesses. Previous Article MA responds to The Project for Modern Democracy's report on Remaking the Magistracy Next Article MA responds to HMIP annual report: inspection of youth offending services Print Tags: Criminal Court Support Defendants Please login or register to post comments.