A ‘triable either way’ offence, officially ‘offence triable either way’, is a criminal offence which may be tried as either a summary or an indictable offence depending on the circumstances. Less serious crimes will generally be tried as summary offences, with more serious crimes being tried as indictable offences.

Depending on whether they are tried as summary or indictable offences, ‘triable either way’ offences are heard in either the magistrates’ courts or the Crown Court.

If it is determined that a ‘triable either way’ offence can be tried summarily in a magistrates’ court, the defendant has the choice to ask for a Crown Court trial with a jury instead.

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