What's a Plea and Trial Preparation Hearing?
What’s a Plea and Trial Preparation Hearing?
A Plea and Trial Preparation Hearing (PTPH) is a crucial step in the UK’s criminal justice process. It’s designed to streamline the trial proceedings and ensure that all parties are adequately prepared for the trial. This hearing typically occurs after a defendant has been charged with a criminal offence and is an essential part of the pre-trial process.
During a PTPH, several key activities take place. Firstly, the defendant is required to enter a plea – guilty or not guilty. This plea plays a significant role in determining the course of the trial. If the defendant pleads guilty, the case may proceed to sentencing, potentially bypassing a full trial. However, a not guilty plea will lead to the scheduling of a trial date.