The Crown Court
The next level of Court called the Crown Court deals with the more serious criminal offences which are called either ‘Hybrid' or ‘Indictable'. Hybrid offences such as theft can be tried at either the Magistrates' or Crown Court depending upon how serious they are. Indictable offences are those which, due to their serious nature, are only triable at Crown Court i.e. Murder.
The Crown court also deals with appeals from Magistrates' Court as regards findings of guilt or sentencing. The Crown Court will also be asked by the Magistrates to pass sentence on certain defendants whom the Magistrates have found guilty of a ‘Hybrid' offence and who they feel deserve a more severe sentence than the Magistrates are allowed to award.
Click on the links below for some information about the role of the Crown Court.http://www.bbc.co.uk/crime/fighters/crowncourt.shtml