Unfit to Plead in the Mags Court

Unfit to Plead in the Mags Court

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Course Overview

Anecdotal evidence suggests more and more defendants are raising the defence of being unfit to plead.

Whilst there is a clear statutory procedure prescribed in the Crown Court, the fitness to plead procedure in the Magistrates’ Court lacks clarity and is prone to confusion.

Aimed at both prosecutors and defence lawyers, this session will examine the procedures in both the Crown and Magistrates’ Court and the disposals available if the defendant is found to have “done the act” or omission.

Consideration will also be given to unfit to plead case law and the fitness to plead criteria and how this is applied in practice.  

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar and review the supporting documentation
  • This course provides 0.5 – 1 CPD points (depending on length of time spent reviewing the supporting documentation).

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will have a greater understanding of, and feel confident when advising clients on fitness to plead

What is the target audience?

  • Criminal practitioners including prosecutors and defence lawyers



About Instructor - Olwen Davies

Admitted in 1990, Olwen is freelance solicitor-advocate with extensive experience in both defence and prosecution work from the magistrates' court to the Court of Appeal. Olwen has lectured at post- graduate level and has presented many CPD courses for the legal profession, the police, Health and Safety Executive and others. Olwen is the co-author of Jordan's Criminal Practitioners Guide to the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and is an avid supporter of Save UK Justice and the campaign to stop cuts to legal aid and the criminal justice system.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinar

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Slides
    2 Page
  • Problem Question
    24 Page


  • Price
  • £ 60