Triable either way

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Suspects charged with criminal offences that are 'triable either way' may be either (i) dispatched summarily by a magistrates' court, or (ii) tried before a jury in the Crown Court. To 'dispatch summarily' an offence is to provide the offender with a 'summary trial'. In this instance, there is no committal and no jury; the trial is conducted before a bench of magistrates.

Section 3 of the Criminal Law Act (1977) lists the offences that are 'triable either way'; currently, there are approximately 60 offences that fall under this heading.

See Court system of England.

Criminal Law