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Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
I've been asked to attend court as a witness, and just wondered whether anyone can explain what the differences between a Magistrates Court and a Crown Court are? Who's in the Court (ie. jury, defendent, public, etc) at the same time?

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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I think a Magistrates/District court, does not have a jury, it is for minor offences. Crown Court deals with bigger crimes, or those which a Magistrate has deemed fit for Crown Prosecution. a Crown Court case requires a jury. In a Crown Court, you will have a judge, the baristers, jury, defendant, some members of the public etc.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thanks!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Crown court is more servere, basically. Normally crown court has judge and jury but county courts just have the judge.

    If you're being witness in a crown court then the judge jury defendant and the barristers, recorders and public gallery will be in at the same time.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yeah, it's Crown Court.
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