The vast majority of criminal cases are heard in the Magistrates’ Court and fines are the most common form of sentence passed there. For lower level offences, such as speeding offences, you are often able to plead guilty by post and be sentenced to a fine in your absence, so there will be no need to attend court at all, although if the Magistrates’ are considering disqualification you will have to attend court.
“THE VAST MAJORITY OF CRIMINAL CASES ARE HEARD IN THE MAGISTRATES’ COURT AND FINES ARE THE MOST COMMON FORM OF SENTENCE PASSED THERE”
Although most cases which go to court stay in the Magistrates’ Court, some offences can be heard both in the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court and some can be heard only in the Crown Court. If you are unsure where your case will be heard click here on Which court Will I go to?
The maximum fines that can be imposed for cases in the Magistrates’ Court depend on the offence charged; offences have different fine levels available, from Level 1 to Level 5.