Plea before venue and allocation
-PLEADS GUILTY - decide if they are able to sentence D or if the sentence should be given at Crown Court
-PLEADS NOT GUILTY - Works out most suitable court for trial who then hears both sides. Either way offences tried in magsitrates unless sentencing powers are likely to be insufficient.
- TRIAL IN MAGISTRATES - day of trial:
-3 mags hear evidence and decide verdict
-If found guilty, will sentence up to max sentencing powers or can let the Crown Court sentence.