Early Administrative Hearing

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The first hearing in the magistrates' court of a case triable only on indictment that must be sent. to the Crown Court for trial (see sending offences for trial), or any other case in which a not guilty plea is anticipated (e.g. when the defendant has denied the offence in interview). Under s 50 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, such a hearing may be conducted by a single justice who, on adjourning the hearing, may remand the accused in custody or on bail. Also, it may be conducted by a clerk to the justices or an assistant clerk, although the defendant then may not be remanded in custody or, without his consent and the consent of the prosecutor, remanded on bail on conditions other than those, if any, previously imposed. Any requirement under pt I of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 for a person to be brought before a magistrates' court is satisfied if the person appears or is brought before a clerk to the justices at an EAH. See also plea before venue.

Subjects: Law.

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