What's New? Criminal Procedure Rules

November 2015

Changes to the magistrates’ courts Preparation for Effective Trial form

New Crown Court Certificates of Readiness for Trial

The Lord Chief Justice has authorised some changes to the magistrates’ courts Preparation for Effective Trial form. The form now:

  • records separate time estimates for witness examination and cross-examination, a time estimate for evidence and submissions, and a time estimate for the court’s deliberations and decision
  • includes clearer references to live links
  • requires confirmation of the date on which the prosecutor complied with the initial duty of disclosure
  • requires confirmation that the defendant understands that a guilty plea affects court charges as well as sentence and costs
  • refers to DVD and other ‘media’ instead of referring to ‘tape’
  • includes a space in which to enter the court’s own contact details.

The Lord Chief Justice also has authorised the use in the Crown Court of two new forms of certificate of readiness for trial, one to be completed by the defendant and one by the prosecutor.

The forms appear under the Part 3 Case management heading on the Forms page.

Proposed new rules about the use of live links, etc. for hearings

The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee invites comments on proposed rules about the use of live links and telephone conferences for the conduct of hearings. The Invitation to Comment, below, explains the details. Comments are invited by 26th February, 2016.

Invitation to Comment (PDF)

October 2015

The Criminal Procedure Rules 2015 and the Criminal Practice Directions

The Criminal Procedure Rules 2015 came into force on Monday 5 October 2015. On the same day, new Criminal Practice Directions made by the Lord Chief Justice came into force. The Rules page on this website now contains the up to date rules and practice directions, including a complete edition which can be read online or downloaded.

September 2015

Criminal Procedure Rule Committee appointment

Nicholas Moss has retired from the Committee. We are indebted to him for his service. The Lord Chief Justice has appointed Louise Bryant as the magistrate member. The Committee members page has been brought up to date to include this appointment.

July 2015

The Criminal Procedure Rules 2015

The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee has made this year’s restatement of the Criminal Procedure Rules.

The Rules will come into force on Monday 5 October 2015.

The new rules are published on the Legislation website. When they come into force, they will appear on this website, too. Until then, the existing Criminal Procedure Rules remain in force (the Criminal Procedure Rules 2014, amended by the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2015 and the Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2015).

The guide to the new rules, below, describes what they contain.

 Guide to the Criminal Procedure Rules 2015 (PDF)

Amendments to the Criminal Practice Directions

The Lord Chief Justice has made some amendments to the Criminal Practice Directions. They add new directions about jury irregularities, which have immediate effect, and new directions about case management, which take effect on Monday 5 October 2015. The amendments are published on the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary website. When the case management directions come into force, the directions will appear on this website, too.

Under the new case management directions there will be a pre-trial hearing in the Crown Court known as the ‘plea and trial preparation hearing’. The guidance, below, explains what will happen at that hearing. At that hearing, the form below will be used. The guidance and forms will appear on the Forms page of this website on 5 October.

PTPH introduction and guidance (DOC)

PTPH form - 1 defendant (DOC)

PTPH form - 10 defendants (DOC)

Standard witness table (DOC)


  • Archive versions of criminal procedure rules

  • Archive versions of the criminal procedure rules are available for reference from the National Archives.

     

     

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