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  1. The criminal court charge ranges from £150 for anyone who pleads guilty to a summary offence at magistrates’ court up to £1,000 for those convicted after a trial of a more serious offence at magistrates’ court. In the crown court, the charge ranges from £900 for a guilty plea up to £1,200 for conviction after trial.


    Because it costs far less to plead guilty rather than be convicted after a contested trial, some allege it creates a perverse incentive for the innocent to plead guilty rather than run the risk of failing to convince the court.


    Maybe defendants ought to try a little-known response when expected to enter a plea: DON'T!!!

    By my reckoning (though I'm not a lawyer!) one then shouldn't be charged the amounts shown above; however, the Court will be required to act as if a Not Guilty plea had been entered.

    [Could any lawyer reading this please comment on my suggestion?]

  2. Many people in the UK think of Brazil as a 3rd-world country, but in this matter they are WAY ahead of us. Such mis-directed payments are IMPOSSIBLE there.

    This is because not only does one specify the name of the payee (company or person), but also the identity number (think of company registration number or, for a person, social security number).

    In addition to that, the bank account number includes at least one check digit, thus eliminating most keying errors, though this won't help with fraud.

    Such checking appears to be done at the time of entering the payment details!

    I have often wondered why banks in the UK appear incapable of such things!

    Note that if you enter fewer than 8 digits for a UK account number, it is not even clear whether the zeros will be added at the right or at the left!

    One thought: If unable to institute check digits and unwilling to check that the account name tallies, maybe the bank etc. should offer the account name linked to the sort code and account number, so the payer can cancel if the name is an unexpected one. But this could lead to abuse unless, after such a cancellation, further payments are prevented in the same session.

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