What's New? Criminal Procedure Rules

November 2017

Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 4) Rules 2017

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 4) Rules 2017 came into force on Monday 13 November 2017. The new rules are published on the Legislation website and the Rules page on this website now includes the changes made by them.

The new rules amend Part 3 of the Criminal Procedure Rules, about case management, to give effect to section 86A of the Courts Act 2003 (Requirement to give information in criminal proceedings).

Criminal Procedure Rule Committee appointment

Mr Justice Openshaw has retired from the Committee. We are indebted to him for his service. The Lord Chief Justice has appointed Mr Justice William Davis as a High Court judge member.

The Committee members page has been brought up to date to include this appointment.

October 2017

Criminal Procedure Rule Committee appointment

Michael Caplan QC has retired from the Committee. We are indebted to him for his service. The Lord Chancellor has appointed Shade Abiodun as a solicitor member.

The Committee members page has been brought up to date to include this appointment.

Criminal Procedure Rule changes now in force

The rest of the changes to the Criminal Procedure Rules made by the Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 3) Rules 2017, and the Practice Direction amendments made by the Lord Chief Justice in July, came into force on Monday 2 October 2017. The Rules page on this website now includes all those changes.

August 2017

Criminal Procedure Rule changes now in force

The changes to the Criminal Procedure Rules made by the Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 3) Rules 2017 and which are about European investigation orders came into force on Thursday 10 August 2017. The Rules page on this website now includes those changes.

July 2017

Amendments to the Criminal Practice Directions

The Lord Chief Justice has made some practice direction amendments. The summary below describes what they contain. They come into force on Monday 2 October 2017.

The practice directions are published on the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary website. When they come into force the changes they make to the Criminal Practice Directions will appear on this website, too.

Criminal Practice Directions amendments July 2017 – summary of changes (PDF)

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 3) Rules 2017

The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee has made some changes to the Criminal Procedure Rules. The guide to the new rules, below, describes those changes. The new rules are published on the Legislation website. When they come into force, the changes they make to the Criminal Procedure Rules will appear on this website, too.

Guide to the Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 3) Rules 2017

April 2017

Criminal Procedure Rules and Practice Direction changes now in force

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2017, the Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2017 and the recent amendments to the Criminal Practice Directions all came into force on Monday 3 April 2017. The Rules page on this website now includes those changes.

March 2017

Amendments to the Criminal Practice Directions

The Lord Chief Justice has made some practice direction amendments about extradition and about declarations in expert witnesses’ reports. They come into force on Monday 3 April 2017. The extradition directions supplement some of the Criminal Procedure Rule amendments that also come into force on that day.

The practice direction amendments are published on the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary website. When they come into force the changes they make to the Criminal Practice Directions will appear on this website, too.

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2017

The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee has made changes to the Criminal Procedure Rules to provide for applications for the extension of pre-charge bail under the Policing and Crime Act 2017. The new rules are published on the Legislation website. When they come into force on Monday 3 April 2017 the changes they make to the Criminal Procedure Rules will appear on this website, too.

February 2017

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2017

The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee has made some changes to the Criminal Procedure Rules. The guide to the new rules, below, describes those changes. The new rules are published on the Legislation website. When they come into force, the changes they make to the Criminal Procedure Rules will appear on this website, too.

Guide to the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2017

Amendments to the Criminal Practice Directions

The Lord Chief Justice has made new practice directions about the use of live link and telephone facilities to conduct court hearings. These directions supplement the Criminal Procedure Rule amendments that came into force in October 2016.
The Practice Direction amendments are published on the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary website. The Rules page on this website includes the changes, too.

November 2016

Amendments to the Criminal Practice Directions

The Lord Chief Justice has made some amendments to sections I, II and V of the Criminal Practice Directions. There are new directions about indictments in the Crown Court, new directions about the requirements for expert witness reports and new directions about pre-trial discussions of expert evidence. There are changes to the directions about the allocation of cases for trial and about armed police officers attending courts.

The Practice Direction amendments are published on the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary website. The Rules page on this website includes the changes, too.


  • 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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