The Liver Building

Practice & Procedure in the Adults Magistrates Court


Speaker: Colin Beaumont

Date: Tuesday 22nd January, 2019

Time: 10:00 - 12:45

Areas of Law: Criminal

Competencies: A1 (a) – (e), A4 (a) (b), A5 (a) – (e), B1 (a) – (c), B5 (a) – (h), C1 (d)

Liverpool Law Society,
2nd Floor Helix,
Edmund Street,
L3 9NY

Course Code: S4246


This course will cover the very latest practice and procedural points in the Adult Court. The following items are merely a sample of that which will be covered:

  • Advising the client at the first listing of the case in relation to credit following the publication of the ‘Reduction in sentence for an early Guilty Plea’ document published by the Sentencing Council and effective from the 1st June 2017
  • The 2 circumstances in which the Magistrates’ are asked to consider mandatory minimum sentences in their Court
  • The important case of Dougall and the CPS [2018] EWHC 1367 (Admin)
  • New Guidelines concerning Bladed Articles and Offensive Weapons – effective from the 1st June 2018
  • Re-openings under Section 142 of the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980 and the interesting case of The Queen on the application of Lucy Poskitt and Reading Magistrates’ Court [2018] EW HC 984 (Admin)
  • Overarching Principles: Domestic Abuse – Definitive Guideline – relevant for all offenders aged 16 and older who are sentenced on or after 24th May 2018
  • Newton Hearings and the case of Navarro and the City of London Magistrates’ Court
  • The very latest in relation to Initial Details of the Prosecution Case (IDPC)
  • Adjournments on the day of trial and the case of Decani (Claimant) and the City of London Magistrates’ Court [2017] EWHC 3422 (Admin) (Defendant)
  • Drink, drugs and the driver – the very latest in relation to Drug Driving including the guidance from the Sentencing Council
  • The new test for dishonesty following the case of Ivey (Appellant) v Genting casinos (UK) Ltd t/a Crockfords (Respondent) [2017] UK SC 67
  • Allocation and Sending – the Magistrates seem to be keeping an awful lot as suitable for trial in their Court – the pros and cons of a Magistrates’ Court trial
  • Aggravated vehicle taking and the case of Dean Christopher Maxwell and R [2017] EWCA Crim 33
  • The provision of evidence and the disclosure of unused material – DPP and Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court and John Bleakley [2017] EWHC 17089 (Admin) and Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court and Joshua Whyte

Speaker Biographies

Colin Beaumont is a solicitor in private practice, a former partner now a consultant to a major criminal law firm. He is an experienced Duty solicitor for police stations and Magistrates’ Courts, and also lectures widely in the area of criminal law. He first qualified as a barrister in 1982 and then re-qualified as a solicitor in 1996. Whilst a qualified barrister, he was a legal adviser in some 40 Magistrates’ Courts over a period of 12 years, he has been a lawyer in various guises for the past 25 years.


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Non-member £150
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