Early guilty plea trial starts at court
Defendants in cases at Crown Court will not receive the maximum discount for pleading guilty unless they do so at the earliest opportunity under a new scheme introduced this month. The Early Guilty Plea Scheme (EGPS), which was trialled in Liverpool in 2009, has now been introduced at Northampton Crown Court.
It is intended to short-circuit criminal prosecutions with a defendant receiving a third off any potential custodial sentence, if they indicate a guilty plea as early as possible.
This will limit the need for detailed case preparation by police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
Prosecutors will allocate which cases might be suitable for EGPS by looking at the strength of... read more
Most read news
- 04:33 Harry's Well-Earned Birthday Drink After Games
- 04:32 Green light for £36m shake-up of city's leisure facilities
- 04:32 Opus chef director David Colcombe's recipes for runners tackling...
- 04:30 Tweet is a recipe for success
- 04:19 ABS employment figures for August: statistical aberration or recovery?
- 04:12 MIDEAST STOCKS - Factors to watch - September 15
- 04:09 Teens face jail over knife killing
- 04:03 China's fiscal spending growth eases in August
- 04:01 Australia shares lose ground on China data, miners recover modestly
- 04:00 Man due in court over forest killing