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Magistrates' Court Judgements - can I find them?
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Magistrates Courts in England and Wales deal with between 95% and 98% of all criminal cases in the first instance. As such, I would have thought the results of trials and guilty pleas are too numerous to record in a central database. I know of none.
However, if you know the specific Court where the case you have in mind was heard, then an enquiry to their Justices Clerk or Head of Legal Services might produce an answer as results are public knowledge.
Local newspaper editors rarely seem to send reporters to attend court nowadays although Magistrates would no doubt encourage a higher attendance as it is only through the public having a wider knowledge of what punishment is imposed in those Courts that society will better understand the link between illegal acts and their proportionate penalties.