Is it possible to know the length of sentence you might get before you enter your plea?
In some cases, yes, and that might be enough for a defendant to plead guilty. For some, if they know they won’t go to prison, then they won’t fight a trial.
In the Crown Court a sentence indication can be sought by asking for a ‘Goodyear direction’.
The point of the Goodyear procedure is to allow a...Read More