Where a matter doesn’t resolve into a plea of guilty or dismissal of charges then the matter will generally need to proceed to a trial.

In the Magistrates Court, trials are conducted before a Magistrate, who are therefore the ‘judge and jury’. In the District and Supreme Courts, trials are generally conducted before a Judge and a jury of 12 ordinary citizens.

In many instances before a matter proceeds to trial there will be a ‘pre-trial’ hearing, which is essentially a hearing to determine matters such as the admissibility of certain evidence or how certain evidence can be used.

If the matter is sufficiently complicated or serious Cridland & Hua Lawyers will engage the services of only the most experienced and reputable barristers, including Queen’s Counsel.

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