Assisting the Judge at the Crown Court

Guidanace for criminal practitioners on how to assist the judge with sentencing, costs etc in the crown court

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Course Overview

Invaluable for anyone involved in advising in the area of criminal sentencing, this session will:

  •  Explain the important Sections of the PCC (S) A 2000
  •  Offer guidance on how to sentence in Aggravated Vehicle Taking cases
  •  Explore the limited circumstances in which a Crown Court Judge can make a defendant’s costs order
  •  Examine the circumstances in which a Crown Court Judge can make a wasted costs order
  •  Consider both Section 240 and 240A of the Criminal Justice Act 2003
  •  Deal with the activation of a Suspended Sentences and the re-sentencing on original offences following the breach of a    Community Order
  •  Discuss the circumstances in which a Crown Court Judge may review and increase a sentence under Section 155 of the PCC (S) A 2000
  •  Enable you to assist the Crown Court Judge as regards children and young people – both in the area of sentencing and remittal

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar, review the supporting documentation and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge
  • This course provides 0.5 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of the course you will:
  • • Understand the importance of how a case arrived at the Crown Court
  • • Be aware of the circumstances in which you might be required to assist the Court in the area of sentencing
  • • Appreciate the difference between 35A and 35B of the RTOA 1988
  • • Have considered the best advice to give to the client concerning the possible sentence
  • • Appreciate the importance of keeping up to date with new offences and new sentences available to the Court
  • • Be able to recognise circumstances in which the client may be at risk of wasted costs
  • • Feel confident when certain things are sprung upon you, as they often are at Court!

What is the target audience?

  • Qualified criminal law practitioners



About Instructor - Colin Beaumont

Colin Beaumont graduated in law in 1981 and qualified as a Barrister in 1982. He worked for many years in the Magistrates’ Court service until 1996 when he re-qualified as a Solicitor and joined a large criminal legal aid practice. He became a partner with the firm. He retired as a solicitor in 2016 and has returned to his Inn of Court at The Inner Temple. Colin has been teaching the profession for the last 25 years and continues to do so.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Slides
    5 Page


  • Quiz