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Your Rights as a Defendant in Court

By: Liz Lennox - Updated: 24 Mar 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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As we all know, just because a person is charged with a crime it does not mean that they are guilty. The principle of innocent until proven guilty still holds true and for this very reason the defendant must have rights in court.

The law governing defendant’s rights is in a constant state of flux, new laws are passed to combat increased crime, reduce costs of dispensing justice and fight terrorism just as they are passed to prevent miscarriages of justice.

The inclusion of the European Convention on Human Rights has only served to re-emphasise the importance of a fair trial.

Bail

If you are questioned, but not charged, the Police can release you on bail on the basis that you must come back for further questioning at a later date. If you have been charged they can still release you on bail unless:

  • There is a suspicion that you have not given your correct name and address
  • You are a threat to yourself or others
  • You will abscond

They can also give you conditional bail citing where you must live or a curfew etc.

If the Police have kept you in custody then the Court can decide to give you bail, conditional or otherwise, and they can decide that you needed to be kept in custody if:

  • You will abscond
  • There is a strong possibility you will commit further offences
  • You will threaten or otherwise interfere with witnesses

Representation

The rules and procedures governing the Court system are nothing short of a mystery to the majority of people, no matter how many crime dramas you watch. That is why it is always in your best interest to obtain your own legal representation. There is nothing stopping you defending yourself, in fact you have a right to do so if you wish, but the situation is likely to be emotionally charged, as well as complex, and it may be best to have someone who is not as close to the situation as you are; someone who can guide you through it all with a clear head.

Trial

If you plead not guilty to the charge against you the Court will set a date for your trial. You and your solicitor will then need to make arrangements for any witnesses you need to be available at that time.

When the proceedings start the Prosecution will open the proceedings and set out their case against, stating exactly how they intend to prove you guilty of the crime. You should bear in mind that that ‘Burden of Proof’ is on them, not you. They are required to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you are guilty. It is not for you to prove that you are innocent.

Once the prosecution has finished setting out their case it then becomes your turn, along with your defence team, to open your case and set out all the ways in which they will prove that you are not guilty. Your witnesses and evidence will be called and only when both teams have spoken will the Jury will be allowed to consider all of the information given to them.

Sentence

If you are found guilty at trial, or if you plead guilty at the outset, the Court must then decide on a suitable sentence. They are required to take account of all mitigating factors, not just look at the crime itself. The options available to the Court range from Compensation orders to full custodial sentences.

European Convention on Human Rights

Article 6 of the Convention clearly states that, irrespective of your supposed crime, you have the right to a fair trial. Included in the convention is the right to a public hearing along:
  • Time to gather your evidence
  • The right to defend yourself, or have Counsel provided for you at no cost
  • The right to cross-examine the witnesses against you
  • The right to have a free interpreter

In Summary

Many of the rights in the Convention where already in existence in this Country but the Convention has re-affirmed one of the most basic tenets of our legal system; fairness and justice for all.

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Xwhitefangx30 - 24-Mar-17 @ 7:49 PM
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Xwhitefangx30 - 24-Mar-17 @ 7:45 PM
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None - 18-Mar-17 @ 10:42 AM
Can the police re interview me about an incident in2013. I've to go to station in a few days toanswer questions again. They will not tell me what it is about. I am very concerned x do not know what to do or say. I've been advised to answer no comment. Help
Maisy - 5-Mar-17 @ 7:07 PM
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Nayox - 17-Feb-17 @ 7:12 PM
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Nayox - 17-Feb-17 @ 7:07 PM
Hi I have being arrested a crime and I have being interview for it but I didn't say a nothing as I didn't know about it I have being arrested again and again as police said they had a evidence which I have being bailedI have beingon Bail over 6 month Please what can I do I have being charge or nothing and the day I'm goin back to police will be 9 months
Nootaayo - 28-Jan-17 @ 5:10 AM
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Nixxi - 25-Jan-17 @ 1:32 AM
In 2015 I was accused of theft ov three handbags from my local pubin one night . Four weeks after i was asked to attend the poclice stationvoluntelary for an interview and then released . The bar attandent is who I used to go to school with and was always bullied by him . This bar attendant has given my name to the police and said I was the suspect on the cctv taking the three bags . The bar attandent has informed the women who's bags was took that it was me and ever time we need now in the pub theirsalways conflicts . 15 month later I've had to have a Id parade and have a guess what they have picked me outbut like I said I've had loads ov confrontions with them all . The cctv isn't clear enough to make out that it is me and the cps are just going on the bar attandents statement . Nearly two 2 and a bit years I've just had to go to court regaling this and pleaded not guilty . I've been advised by my solicitor to go to crown court and put my case in front ov a jury . I'm worried because I've got 50/50 custody ov my kids through court and live as a single parent and if I get sentenced I'll lose my council house etc... what should I do
Dazlee - 17-Jan-17 @ 7:08 PM
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Chris - 12-Jan-17 @ 4:54 PM
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Kes - 12-Jan-17 @ 5:02 AM
I have a petty theft case against me by the place i worked in the state of Florida. I have heard that the case is being talkedabout and even was brought up in a meeting. No names were brought up, but the words were used that "we had to fire a employe do to theft." I'm wondering if that is legalas the case hasn't even gone to court yet and the employeeskeep askingme about it.
D - 11-Jan-17 @ 11:23 PM
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Tony G. - 22-Dec-16 @ 6:36 PM
Foxy - Your Question:
How do I claim money back after I was found not guilty in south yorkshire

Our Response:
The judge will usually award costs...ask the court what happened in your case.
AboutHumanRights - 21-Dec-16 @ 1:45 PM
How do I claim money back after I was found not guilty in south yorkshire
Foxy - 20-Dec-16 @ 6:13 PM
Jimmy - Your Question:
I have been charged with urinating in a public place , the police have charged me and I have to go to court, I have noticed in the charge sheet they have made a mistake with my address. Will this affect my case

Our Response:
No, this will be dismissed as a typographical error and the case will still proceed.
AboutHumanRights - 20-Dec-16 @ 10:39 AM
Hi My husband, myself and our ex landlotd have been charged of a crime we did not commit, myself and my husband are on the run, our ex landlord is in prison, how can i clear our names, i can prove we are innocent, it was not the judge that sentenced us it was social services,we were convicted under Napoleanic law everything i got from social services is in Catalan, we only speak english. we have 5 children that are in the care of social services that were wrongly taken away. which is why they want us in prison Please help us. our problems started with Norfolk social services
Trading - 19-Dec-16 @ 1:55 PM
I have been charged with urinating in a public place , the police have charged me and I have to go to court, I have noticed in the charge sheet they have made a mistake with my address . Will this affect my case
Jimmy - 19-Dec-16 @ 9:56 AM
Hi I'm due to be sentenced tomorrow for fraud and theft. I have bipolar and this was done while in a manic phase although this is not an excuse I need to take responsibility for my action. I have just seen my medical report which is incorrect it's giving information from the beginning of 2015 rather than this year which gives my full diagnosis and correct information. Am I wrong for thinking it's wrong not to put the most up to date information? Is there anything I can do? Will the judge sentence me with just the old information? I spoke with a doctor today that stated it was done in a rush. Thank
Chrissie - 15-Dec-16 @ 8:23 PM
Hi, on a night out in town after some drinks I was confronted by a stranger hurling abuse at me. I tried to walk away but continued to get harassed by this girl and her 2 male friends. I retaliated with offensive comments back to her until suddenly she hit me and then next thing I knew I was one the ground held by the 2 men. I quickly tried to get back on my feet and when I did I fled for fear of my safety and called my husband who immediately came and collected me in his car. My 1 friend I was with was left there and she alerted nearby police walking down the opposite side of the Main Street. The gang pretended to the police that my friend was with them, which led to my friend being taken away separately by one officer, and the group of aggressors being taken to the side by the other officer. My friend told the officer I was attacked and ran, and gave the police my name and mobile number to make sure I was ok. I didn't hear anything from the police until I had a voicemail from an officer 10 days later. I called him back but he wasn't available so I left a message asking for him to call me back. I did not hear back from him until 4 weeks later and when he called he advised he was calling me in relation to the incident and asked me what happened. I immediately after I was finished explaining the incident he told me I was the one to be charged with assault and that he needed to gather my details to complete and send a report to the Procurator Fiscal who will then decide what will happen with the case. I was dumbstruck as genuinely believed the police were following up with me as the victim...not the suspect! I told the officer this on the phone but he was not interested. I asked about my friends statement from the night and he said she did not give one (my friend strongly disagrees with this!). The officer then told me there are 3 witnesses and I have to come down to the station to be charged! I spoke to a solicitor and have been advised I should go and get charged then decide if I want my solicitor to send a letter with my account from the night to the PF to accompany the police report. I am shocked and feel sick to my stomach about the thought of going to the police station in 2 days to be charged for something I didn't do. Is this right? Should I just accept I am to be charged and then hope for the best from the result from the Procurator Fiscal??
Scotsgirl - 27-Nov-16 @ 5:42 PM
Hi, on a night out in town after some drinks I was confronted by a stranger hurling abuse at me. I tried to walk away but continued to get harassed by this girl and her 2 male friends. I retaliated with offensive comments back to her until suddenly she hit me and then next thing I knew I was one the ground held by the 2 men. I quickly tried to get back on my feet and when I did I fled for fear of my safety and called my husband who immediately came and collected me in his car. My 1 friend I was with was left there and she alerted nearby police walking down the opposite side of the Main Street. The gang pretended to the police that my friend was with them, which led to my friend being taken away separately by one officer, and the group of aggressors being taken to the side by the other officer. My friend told the officer I was attacked and ran, and gave the police my name and mobile number to make sure I was ok. I didn't hear anything from the police until I had a voicemail from an officer 10 days later. I called him back but he wasn't available so I left a message asking for him to call me back. I did not hear back from him until 4 weeks later and when he called he advised he was calling me in relation to the incident and asked me what happened. I immediately after I was finished explaining the incident he told me I was the one to be charged with assault and that he needed to gather my details to complete and send a report to the Procurator Fiscal who will then decide what will happen with the case. I was dumbstruck as genuinely believed the police were following up with me as the victim...not the suspect! I told the officer this on the phone but he was not interested. I asked about my friends statement from the night and he said she did not give one (my friend strongly disagrees with this!). The officer then told me there are 3 witnesses and I have to come down to the station to be charged! I spoke to a solicitor and have been advised I should go and get charged then decide if I want my solicitor to send a letter with my account from the night to the PF to accompany the police report. I am shocked and feel sick to my stomach about the thought of going to the police station in 2 days to be charged for something I didn't do. Is this right? Should I just accept I am to be charged and then hope for the best from the result from the Procurator Fiscal??
Scotsgirl - 27-Nov-16 @ 3:25 PM
Hi, on a night out in town after some drinks I was confronted by a stranger hurling abuse at me. I tried to walk away but continued to get harassed by this girl and her 2 male friends. I retaliated with offensive comments back to her until suddenly she hit me and then next thing I knew I was one the ground held by the 2 men. I quickly tried to get back on my feet and when I did I fled for fear of my safety and called my husband who immediately came and collected me in his car. My 1 friend I was with was left there and she alerted nearby police walking down the opposite side of the Main Street. The gang pretended to the police that my friend was with them, which led to my friend being taken away separately by one officer, and the group of aggressors being taken to the side by the other officer. My friend told the officer I was attacked and ran, and gave the police my name and mobile number to make sure I was ok. I didn't hear anything from the police until I had a voicemail from an officer 10 days later. I called him back but he wasn't available so I left a message asking for him to call me back. I did not hear back from him until 4 weeks later and when he called he advised he was calling me in relation to the incident and asked me what happened. I immediately after I was finished explaining the incident he told me I was the one to be charged with assault and that he needed to gather my details to complete and send a report to the Procurator Fiscal who will then decide what will happen with the case. I was dumbstruck as genuinely believed the police were following up with me as the victim...not the suspect! I told the officer this on the phone but he was not interested. I asked about my friends statement from the night and he said she did not give one (my friend strongly disagrees with this!). The officer then told me there are 3 witnesses and I have to come down to the station to be charged! I spoke to a solicitor and have been advised I should go and get charged then decide if I want my solicitor to send a letter with my account from the night to the PF to accompany the police report. I am shocked and feel sick to my stomach about the thought of going to the police station in 2 days to be charged for something I didn't do. Is this right? Should I just accept I am to be charged and then hope for the best from the result from the Procurator Fiscal??
Scotsgirl - 27-Nov-16 @ 1:51 PM
Hi, on a night out in town after some drinks I was confronted by a stranger hurling abuse at me. I tried to walk away but continued to get harassed by this girl and her 2 male friends. I retaliated with offensive comments back to her until suddenly she hit me and then next thing I knew I was one the ground held by the 2 men. I quickly tried to get back on my feet and when I did I fled for fear of my safety and called my husband who immediately came and collected me in his car. My 1 friend I was with was left there and she alerted nearby police walking down the opposite side of the Main Street. The gang pretended to the police that my friend was with them, which led to my friend being taken away separately by one officer, and the group of aggressors being taken to the side by the other officer. My friend told the officer I was attacked and ran, and gave the police my name and mobile number to make sure I was ok. I didn't hear anything from the police until I had a voicemail from an officer 10 days later. I called him back but he wasn't available so I left a message asking for him to call me back. I did not hear back from him until 4 weeks later and when he called he advised he was calling me in relation to the incident and asked me what happened. I immediately after I was finished explaining the incident he told me I was the one to be charged with assault and that he needed to gather my details to complete and send a report to the Procurator Fiscal who will then decide what will happen with the case. I was dumbstruck as genuinely believed the police were following up with me as the victim...not the suspect! I told the officer this on the phone but he was not interested. I asked about my friends statement from the night and he said she did not give one (my friend strongly disagrees with this!). The officer then told me there are 3 witnesses and I have to come down to the station to be charged! I spoke to a solicitor and have been advised I should go and get charged then decide if I want my solicitor to send a letter with my account from the night to the PF to accompany the police report. I am shocked and feel sick to my stomach about the thought of going to the police station in 2 days to be charged for something I didn't do. Is this right? Should I just accept I am to be charged and then hope for the best from the result from the Procurator Fiscal??
Scotsgirl - 27-Nov-16 @ 12:28 PM
Hi, on a night out in town after some drinks I was confronted by a stranger hurling abuse at me. I tried to walk away but continued to get harassed by this girl and her 2 male friends. I retaliated with offensive comments back to her until suddenly she hit me and then next thing I knew I was one the ground held by the 2 men. I quickly tried to get back on my feet and when I did I fled for fear of my safety and called my husband who immediately came and collected me in his car. My 1 friend I was with was left there and she alerted nearby police walking down the opposite side of the Main Street. The gang pretended to the police that my friend was with them, which led to my friend being taken away separately by one officer, and the group of aggressors being taken to the side by the other officer. My friend told the officer I was attacked and ran, and gave the police my name and mobile number to make sure I was ok. I didn't hear anything from the police until I had a voicemail from an officer 10 days later. I called him back but he wasn't available so I left a message asking for him to call me back. I did not hear back from him until 4 weeks later and when he called he advised he was calling me in relation to the incident and asked me what happened. I immediately after I was finished explaining the incident he told me I was the one to be charged with assault and that he needed to gather my details to complete and send a report to the Procurator Fiscal who will then decide what will happen with the case. I was dumbstruck as genuinely believed the police were following up with me as the victim...not the suspect! I told the officer this on the phone but he was not interested. I asked about my friends statement from the night and he said she did not give one (my friend strongly disagrees with this!). The officer then told me there are 3 witnesses and I have to come down to the station to be charged! I spoke to a solicitor and have been advised I should go and get charged then decide if I want my solicitor to send a letter with my account from the night to the PF to accompany the police report. I am shocked and feel sick to my stomach about the thought of going to the police station in 2 days to be charged for something I didn't do. Is this right? Should I just accept I am to be charged and then hope for the best from the result from the Procurator Fiscal??
Scotsgirl - 27-Nov-16 @ 12:28 PM
I was arrested for perscription fraud, I did not comment this crime ,my friend stole a pad from her father using my name she then asked me to ride to town with her to pick up her sons medication I went , the pharMacy then gave the perscription back telling her that her father wrote it wrong, all of this was going on and not 1 time was I told my name was on the perscription,all she needed was a face to go with her to walk away from being charged she used me, she then goes to cvs alone getting arrested obtaining this medication in my name which again I had no idea she had done this. She was let go and now the state is charging me with obtaining medication fraudulently also perscription fraud, yet I am innocnet I had never been in trouble a day in my life, why would they let that girl go no charges and put all charges on me I am on bond and on house arrest, I am not a threat I have never missed a court hearing. I am innocnet till proven guilty,which I am innocnet yes I was at the red dot no one did not no what she had planned not even the pharmacist asked me for my photo ID they spoke not one word to me they have since had staff members threaten me at my home, my attorney wanted me to take a plea of 3 years I said no I'm innocnet and she said well I never had your discovery packet and told me she would call me back it's been 3 months not 1 word from her. I am being treated wrong yet the girl who did this is free living her life while I'm locked in my home 24/7 pregnant and innocnet of all charges. My question is this why was she not charged why was she not in the paper and why did they charge me with everything she had done, there is no evidence other then me sitting on camera speaking to the pharnacy staff about a fever I had,why have thry not gave me a time frame on house arrest will it be time served because no1 will speak to me not even my attorney againno evidence to charge me
Pudder - 26-Nov-16 @ 7:23 PM
I was served with an arrest warrant and spent the night in jail for petty larceny. I did not commit the crime and my accusers did not show up for Magistrate Court on the date set. Why was the case not dropped?
Angee - 23-Nov-16 @ 2:20 AM
Bray - Your Question:
I pulled out of a parking bay and a man crashed in to the back of me. When I got out of the car I calmly began taking pictures and told him we'll let insurance deal with it as I didn't feel I was at fault. He became abusive and was leering over me while my back was turned so I turned for fear of my own safety and the fact my children were in the car.We clashed as he was so close to me and that was it. A month later I got a call from a police office to say he needed to interview me about assault. Another month after the interview he asked me to come back as he needed to take pictures and prints, handed me two sheets of paper and told me I had to go to court. Never said I'm being charged, I had to read that for myself. No official charge from an officer whatsoever.I'm due in court tomorrow to plee, obviously I will be going not guilty but upon speaking to a couple of solicitors the fees are crazy and I can't afford to pay them at this moment in time. If I represent myself will I be able to see the evidence before I make my plee?

Our Response:
Yes you shold ask the courts for the evidence as soon as possible, they should provide it before the appearance date.
AboutHumanRights - 2-Nov-16 @ 2:39 PM
I pulled out of a parking bay and a man crashed in to the back of me. When I got out of the car I calmly began taking pictures and told him we'll let insurance deal with it as I didn't feel I was at fault. He became abusive and was leering over me while my back was turned so I turned for fear of my own safety and the fact my children were in the car. We clashed as he was so close to me and that was it. A month later I got a call from a police office to say he needed to interview me about assault. Another month after the interview he asked me to come back as he needed to take pictures and prints, handed me two sheets of paper and told me I had to go to court. Never said I'm being charged, I had to read that for myself. No official charge from an officer whatsoever. I'm due in court tomorrow to plee, obviously I will be going not guilty but upon speaking to a couple of solicitors the fees are crazy and I can't afford to pay them at this moment in time. If I represent myself will I be able to see the evidence before I make my plee?
Bray - 2-Nov-16 @ 2:12 PM
My son was arrested and charged with stalking. A girl who he lived with for a year in his house. 2 months after they split she went into the police station and made an 18 page statement about her relationship with him. The statement was full of lies and she has painted this picture of him as being this awful person. Allegations he strongly denies. She said to him that if they broke up she would ruin him. Yesterday our local paper published all the details of her statement, naming my son, putting a picture of him, what does for a living and where he lives. I'm so angry and frustrated because he has not been allowed to put his side across. Details of the case have been published which were going to be challenged in court. I feel his reputation has been destroyed all because his ex twisted girlfriend was so bitter. I suppose this evil woman got what she wanted. Are the reporters allowed to do this?
Ju - 29-Oct-16 @ 2:50 PM
he was found not guilty but he assaulted me how as he got away with punching me in my face
poe - 29-Oct-16 @ 1:02 PM
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