Guide to Fees for Magistrates' Court Cases
Case Management hearing
First appearance &
not guilty plea
Guilty plea &
Special Reasons/Exceptional Hardship hearings
Estimates of length of trials are decided by the court, which considers the number of prosecution and defence witnesses.
If you are found not guilty then I will seek (and am likely to be granted) a Defendant's Costs Order which means that some (but not all) of the legal costs you have incurred will be refunded.
* Fees quoted here will increase if expert witnesses are involved.
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Trials estimated to last half day
estimated to last whole day
It is best to contact me as soon as you become aware of proceedings against you, even if the court date is months away. However, I may still be able to assist if your case is due in court tomorrow, phone me and let me see if I can help you.