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Am I eligible for legal aid?  Task

This information is about legal aid in England and Wales. Rules for legal aid are different in Scotland and Northern Ireland. 


How do I appeal a Crown Court conviction?  Task

How you appeal will depend on whether you went to your trial. It will also depend on whether you were sentenced at a magistrates’ court or a Crown Court. 


How do I appeal a magistrates’ court conviction?  Task

How you appeal will depend on whether you went to your trial. It will also depend on whether you were sentenced at a magistrates’ court or a Crown Court. 


What happens in a Crown Court?  Task

Crown Court deals with serious criminal cases, such as murder, rape, or robbery. 


What happens in a magistrates’ court?  Task

A magistrate is a volunteer from the local area who is trained to deal with less serious criminal cases. The cases are considered by 2 or 3 magistrates or a district judge. A district judge is a lawyer. 


What happens in a youth court?  Task

A youth court is a type of magistrates’ court for young people between 10 and 17 years of age. A magistrate is a volunteer from the local area who is trained to deal with less serious criminal cases.


What’s electronic tagging?  Task

Some prisoners can be released early. This allows them to live at home and to work during the final weeks of their sentence.  


When will a young person be given a custodial sentence?  Task

People under 18 get different sentences to adults depending on the crime committed. These include discharges, fines, referral orders, youth rehabilitation orders and custodial sentences.