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Entering A No Plea At Magistrates Court?

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boo1992 | 20:38 Fri 22nd Mar 2013 | Law
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my son who is 14 years old was approached from a family friend through facebook the gentlemen was 27 years old he progressed to ensite sexual behavour with my son sending him images and videos of a vile nature, the gentlemen was arrested and cps began gaining evidence he has since been back to the police station and was charged with a number of offences, he attended magistrates court today and i have been told that a 'no plea' was given and it has now going to crown court im unable to get hold of the officers in question to ask what this means the gentlemen in his statement and when he was charged in the police station pleaded not guilty and has no done no plea, it has confused me too what this means any advice on this matter would be greatly appreciated. :)

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At the first hearing the defendant is given the opportunity of entering a plea. Given that the offence appears to have been so serious it appears to have been "committed" to the Crown Court (I am not sure whether it has already been sent to the CC or whether it is going to be sent to the CC). However, at the first hearing in the CC, it will be normally be a plea and case...
20:48 Fri 22nd Mar 2013
It means that the case is to be heard at the Crown Court . The magistrates court could not deal with it because of the serious nature of the crimes alleged. Therefore no plea of guilty or not guilty is entered in the magistrates' court. The plea will be taken when the case arrives at Crown Court
At the first hearing the defendant is given the opportunity of entering a plea. Given that the offence appears to have been so serious it appears to have been "committed" to the Crown Court (I am not sure whether it has already been sent to the CC or whether it is going to be sent to the CC). However, at the first hearing in the CC, it will be normally be a plea and case management hearing. It is at this point that the D will officially enter his plea of either guilty or not guilty. If guilty, it will go on to the sentencing procedure, if not guilty, the trial time table will be set down.

So to answer your question - at this point the defendant has not said whether he is guilty or not guilty. This is NOT unusual. It sounds as if he will go "not guilty" (quite normal in sexual offence type cases) for now. Things can change though.

When you get the opportunity talk to your family liaison officer.
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thank guys for your help never been in this situation and i hope this will never be the case again thanks again for you advice really helps :)

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