A guide to the crown court

Crown court lawyer: Do I need a barrister in the crown court?

Crime barristers are specialist and trained Crown Court lawyers. The majority of the criminal cases heard in the Crown Court are represented by barristers who practice in crime.This guide is intended to give very basic information to those appearing in the Crown Court for the first time.

Attending the Crown Court for the first time.

All serious criminal cases are heard in the Crown Court. Almost all criminal cases are sent directly from the magistrates court. Depending on what offence you have been charged with cases in the Crown Court are categorised into two categories: “Either way offences,” which means these are offences which could be tried either in the magistrates court or in the Crown Court or “Indictable only offences”, which means that these cases can only be sent to the Crown Court for trial.Serious criminal offences such as murder, manslaughter, robbery, rape, terrorism are indictable only offences.

If you are appearing in the Crown Court for the first time, it can be quite a stressful and intimidating experience. Here are some key points of court procedure.

    • Can I find out which court room and time my case is listed?

Your lawyer will indicate to you the date your case is listed, the time and the court you are required to appear.  Helpfully the Crown Court issue the Court listings the day before so you can check when and what time your case is listed by visiting the government court service website: The list can change so it is best to check after 5:30pm the day before when the list has been finalised:

The link is:http://www.courtserve.net/courtlists/current/crown/indexv2crowndailies.htm

    • Get to Court early

It is always important to arrive at court early, this gives enough time for you to speak to your barrister It is always recommended that you arrive early. For example if your case is listed at 10 AM. Getting to court at 9 AM means there is sufficient time to you to discuss the case with your barrister and consider any documents including documents which the prosecution may serve at court.

    • Case Information available at court

Most crown courts have a noticeboard which is located in the reception area or general desk. You can see if your case is listed on the notice board or you can ask at the general desk where the case is listed, if you don’t have those details already.

    • Switch off your phone

You must remember to switch off your mobile phone of in court.There have been cases in some Courts where judges have become extremely irritated have confiscated phones from defendants or people in the public gallery, so be warned!

    • Letting the court staff know you are there:

Once you get to the particular court room where your cases listed, make yourself known to the court usher. This is a person who also wears a black gown and is usually carrying a clipboard outside the court. They will take your name, it will indicate that you are present in court.

    • Meeting your barrister:

The barrister representing you, will usually find you outside Court once they themselves have signed in and will discuss in conference the matters which will be raised at the particular hearing.

What happens in court?

This all depends on what type of hearing your case has been listed for and your barrister will advise you. The most common hearings are:

  • Bail applications
  • Plea and Case Management Hearings (for a guilty or not guilty plea to be entered)
  • Case progression hearings.
  • Mention Hearings.
  • Crown Court trials.
  • Sentencing Hearings.
  • Newton Hearings
  • Confiscation hearing

Where do I sit when my case is being heard? In the majority of cases a defendant in the proceedings is required to sit in the dock. This is located on the back of the court, usually directly behind your barrister and legal team.

Vulnerable Defendants: In some cases, such as juveniles or young people being tried in the Crown Court or if the defendant is a vulnerable person the judge may allow them to sit directly behind your barrister, and if necessary with an appropriate adult.  For example has learning difficulties or a mental illness which means you may not be able to follow proceedings without assistance.

Identifying yourself to the court: You will be asked to identify yourself my name by the court clerk. If you’re legally represented by a barrister or lawyer, they will speak on your behalf unless you are specifically asked a question by the judge.

If your case requires a Crown Court lawyer, a specialist crime barrister can represent you: contact us for fast advice and representation:


Send your enquiry through to our call back request form, so that a barrister to get in touch to discuss your case.

Call us on 0208 123 9999.

Email your enquiry to info@criminal-barrister.co.uk

The details below are of all the crown courts in London and the rest of England and Wales.
We are based in London, two minutes away from the Old Bailey. However we represent clients in all Courts across England and Wales. From the Central Criminal Court (the Old Bailey) to Crown Courts in the North of England.

Aylesbury Crown Court
County Hall
Market Square
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP20 1XD
DX 157430 Aylesbury 11
Barnstaple Crown Court
The Law Courts
Civic Centre
Barnstaple
Devon
EX31 1DX
DX 98560 Barnstaple 2
Birmingham Crown Court
Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts
1 Newton Street
Birmingham
West Midlands
B4 7NA
DX 702033 Birmingham 83
Blackfriars Crown Court
1-15 Pocock Street
London
SE1 OBT
DX 400800 Lambeth 3
Bolton Crown Court
The Law Courts
Blackhorse Street
Bolton
Greater Manchester
BL1 1SU
DX 702610 Bolton 3
Bournemouth Crown Court
Courts of Justice
Deansleigh Road
Bournemouth
Dorset
BH7 7DS
DX 98420 Bournemouth 4
Bristol Crown Court
The Law Courts
Small Street
Bristol
BS1 1DA
78128 Bristol
Bury St Edmunds Crown Court
Shire Hall
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP33 1HF
Caernarfon Crown Court
Caernarfon Criminal Justice Centre
Llanberis Road
Caernarfon
Gwynedd
LL55 2DF
DX 744382 Caernarfon 6
Cambridge Crown Court
The Court House
83 East Road
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB1 1BT
DX 97365 Cambridge 2
Cardiff Crown Court
The Law Courts
Cathays Park
Cardiff
South Wales
CF10 3PG
DX 99450 Cardiff 5
Carmarthen Crown Court
The Guildhall
Guildhall Square
Carmarthen
Carmarthenshire
SA31 1PR
Central Criminal Court
Old Bailey
London
EC4M 7EH
DX 46700 Old Bailey
Chelmsford Crown Court
P.O. Box 9
New Street
Chelmsford
Essex
CM1 1EL
DX 97375 Chelmsford 3
Chester Crown Court
The Castle
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 2AN
DX 702527 Chester 5
Croydon Crown Court
The Law Courts
Altyre Road
Croydon
Surrey
CR9 5AB
DX 97473 Croydon 6
Dolgellau Crown Court
The County Hall
Dolgellau
Gwynedd
Write to us:
The Law Courts
Mold
Flintshire
CH7 1AE
DX 702521 Mold 2
Doncaster Crown Court
College Road
Doncaster
South Yorkshire
DN1 3HS
DX 703001 Doncaster 5
Write to us:
Sheffield Crown Court
The Law Courts
West Bar
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S3 8PH
Dx 703028 Sheffield 6
Dorchester Crown Court
County Hall
Colliston Park
Dorchester
Dorset
DT1 1XJ
Durham Crown Court
The Law Courts
Old Elvet
Durham
Co. Durham
DH1 3HW
DX 65112 Durham 4
Gloucester Crown Court
Gloucestershire Crown Courthouse
Longsmith Street
Gloucester
Gloucestershire
GL1 2TS
Guildford Crown Court
Bedford Road
Guildford
Surrey
GU1 4ST
DX 97862 Guildford 5
Harrow Crown Court
Hailsham Drive
off Headstone Drive
Harrow
London
HA1 4TU
DX 97335 Harrow 5
Hereford Crown Court
The Shirehall
St Peter’s Square
Hereford
Herefordshire
HR1 2HY
DX 721120 Worcester 11
Inner London Crown CourtSessions House
Newington Causeway
London
SE1 6AZ
DX 97345 Southwark 3
Ipswich Crown Court
The Courthouse
1 Russell Road
Ipswich
Suffolk
IP1 2AG
DX 729480 Ipswich 19
Isleworth Crown Court
36 Ridgeway Road
Isleworth
London
TW7 5LP
DX 97420 Isleworth 1
King’s Lynn Crown Court
The Court House
College Lane
King’s Lynn
Norfolk
PE30 1PQ
Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court
6-8 Penrhyn Road
Kingston-upon-Thames
Surrey
KT1 2BB
DX 97430 Kingston-upon-Thames 2
Knutsford Crown Court
Sessions House
Toft Road
Knutsford
Cheshire
WA16 0PB
Write to us:
The Castle
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 2AN
DX 702527 Chester 5
Lancaster Crown Court
The Castle
Lancaster
Lancashire
LA1 1YJ
Write to us:
The Law Courts
Openshaw Place
Ring Way
Preston
Lancashire
PR1 2LL
DX 702660 Preston 5
Leicester Crown Court
90 Wellington Street
Leicester
Leicestershire
LE1 6HG
DX 10880 Leicester 3
Lincoln Crown Court
The Castle
Castle Hill
Lincoln
Lincolnshire
LN1 3GA
DX 722500 Lincoln 11
Liverpool Crown Court
The Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts
Derby Square
Liverpool
Merseyside
L2 1XA
DX 740880 Liverpool 22
Luton Crown Court
7 George Street
Luton
Bedfordshire
LU1 2AA
DX 120500 Luton 6
Manchester Crown Court (Crown Square)
Courts of Justice
Crown Square
Manchester
Greater Manchester
M3 3FL
DX 702538 Manchester 11
Manchester Crown Court (Minshull St)
The Court House
Minshull Street
Manchester
Greater Manchester
M1 3FS
DX 724860 Manchester 43
Mold Crown Court
The Law Courts
Mold
Flintshire
CH7 1AE
DX 702521 Mold 2
Newport (South Wales) Crown Court
The Law Courts
Faulkner Road
Newport
Gwent
NP20 4PR
DX 99460 Newport 1/2
Write to us:
The Law Courts
Cathays Park
Cardiff
South Wales
CF10 3PG
DX 99450 Cardiff 5
Northampton Crown and County Court
85-87 Lady’s Lane
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN1 3HQ
DX 725380 Northampton 21
Nottingham Crown Court
60 Canal Street
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG1 7EL
DX 702383 Nottingham 7
Preston Crown & Family Court (Sessions House)
Sessions House
Lancaster Road
Preston
Lancashire
PR1 2PD
DX 702660 Preston 5
Write to us:
The Law Courts
Openshaw Place
Ring Way
Preston
Lancashire
PR1 2LL
DX 702660 Preston 5
Reading Crown Court
Old Shire Hall
The Forbury
Reading
Berkshire
RG1 3EH
DX 97440 Reading 5
Shrewsbury Crown Court
The Shirehall
Abbey Foregate
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY2 6LU
DX 702022 Shrewsbury 2
Snaresbrook Crown Court
75 Hollybush Hill
Snaresbrook
London
E11 1QW
DX 98240 Wanstead 2
Southend Crown Court
The Court House
Victoria Avenue
Southend-on-Sea
Essex
SS2 6EG
Southwark Crown Court
1 English Grounds
(off Battlebridge Lane)
Southwark
London
SE1 2HU
DX 39913 London Bridge South
St Albans Crown Court
The Court Building
Bricket Road
St. Albans
Hertfordshire
AL1 3JW
DX 99700 St Albans 3
Swansea Crown Court
The Law Courts
St Helen’s Road
Swansea
South Wales
SA1 4PF
DX 99540 Swansea 4
Taunton Crown Court
The Shire Hall
Taunton
Somerset
TA1 4EU
DX: 98410 Taunton 2
Truro Crown Court
Courts of Justice
Edward Street
Truro
Cornwall
TR1 2PB
DX 135396 Truro 2
Welshpool Crown Court
Town Hall
Welshpool
Powys
SY2 7TQ
Write to us:
The Law Courts
Mold
Flintshire
CH7 1AE
DX 702521 Mold 2
Wood Green Crown Court
Woodall House
Lordship Lane
Wood Green
London
N22 5LF
DX 130346 Wood Green 3
Woolwich Crown Court
2 Belmarsh Road
London
SE28 0EY
DX 117650 Woolwich 7
York Crown Court
The Castle
York
North Yorkshire
YO1 9WZ
DX 65162 York 3

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