Most motoring offences are heard before the Magistrates Court. The offences which must be heard before the Magistrates court, otherwise known as summary only offences include:
Speeding, driving without due care and attention, failing to stop or report an accident, driving a motor vehicle without valid third party insurance, using a mobile phone, failing to comply with a red traffic signal and drink driving (please note this list is non-exhaustive).
More serious motoring offences, known as either-way offences such as Dangerous Driving and Causing Death by Careless Driving, might be sent from the Magistrates Court to the Crown Court if their facts make them more serious.
Very serious motoring offences, known as indictable only offences, such as Causing death by dangerous driving and motor manslaughter, must be heard before the Crown Court. These cases will immediately be sent from the Magistrates to the Crown Court.