• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

'This Course Companion in Criminal Justice by Ursula Smartt is to be applauded. It is an essential handbook for all students and practitioners who are studying the criminal justice system. The user-friendly framework provides students with practical support in how they can organise their approach to studying to maximise their knowledge and revision skills. I have no hesitation in commending this Companion as a valuable complementary text' - Professor Allyson MacVean, John Grieve Centre for Policing & Community Safety, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College"Congratulations to Ursula Smartt and Sage on a most welcome 'skills' text for Criminal Justice students... The book is concise, clear, well-organised and accessible - highly recommended." Stephen Parrott, Birkbeck, University of LondonCriminal Justice by Ursula Smartt is part of an exciting new ...

The Crown Court
The crown court

Her Majesty's Crown Court is part of the Supreme Court of Judicature of England and Wales – alongside the High Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal. The Crown Court is a permanent unitary court across England and Wales – a kind of ‘Higher Court of First Instance’ in all serious criminal cases. The most famous Crown Court is the ‘Central Criminal Court’ in London, better known as ‘The Old Bailey’.

Core areas:Functions of the Crown Court
Juries and their role
Jury and witness intimidation
The verdict.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this section you should be able to:

  • Give a general overview of the English court system
  • Have detailed knowledge of the main functionaries in the criminal courts
  • Understand the main functions of the Crown Court
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