What's New? Criminal Procedure Rules

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.

October 2016

Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2016 now in force

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2016 came into force on Monday 3 October 2016. The Rules page on this website now includes those changes.

Criminal Procedure Rule Committee appointments

Stephen Earl, Patrick Gibbs QC and Matthew Evans have retired from the Committee. We are indebted to them for their service. The Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice have appointed Michael Snow as the District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts) member, Alison Pople QC as a barrister member and Jodie Blackstock as a voluntary organisation member.

The Committee members page has been brought up to date to include these appointments.


  • 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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