Newton Hearing - Pleading guilty but facts disputed

Extent: Jersey
Updated 13 June 2019

A Newton Hearing is the name given to a hearing that takes place when a person who has been charged with an offence admits the offence but does not agree with the facts of the case.

In other words the person agrees that they committed (or did) the thing that was wrong but the person believes that the way it happened was different to the way that is described in the case that is being brought before the court against them.

In this situation the Magistrate will listen to both descriptions of the events (or ‘versions of the case’). Afterwards they decide which version of events should be used for the case.

The case then carries on like an ordinary case would.