What's New? Criminal Procedure Rules
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 form - 1 defendant (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.