What's New? Criminal Procedure Rules

[This page was updated on 7 April 2014]

April 2014

Amendments to the Criminal Procedure Rules come into force

The rest of the changes to the Criminal Procedure Rules made by the Criminal Procedure (Amendment No 2) Rules 2013 came into force on Monday 7 April 2014. The changes were announced in December. The new rules about deferred prosecution agreements came into force on 24 February 2014. The Rules page on this website now includes all the changes.

March 2014

New magistrates’ courts trial preparation form and guidance notes

The Lord Chief Justice has authorised the use in magistrates’ courts of an amended form for preparation for trial, where the defendant pleads not guilty, and new notes for guidance on using the form. They were devised by the Rule Committee’s case management group, which includes members of the Committee and other practitioners.

The changes are designed to help courts, and the parties, avoid unnecessary hearings and to help make sure that the trial takes place on time and effectively.

The form and notes appear under the heading ‘Part 3 – Case management’ on the Forms page.

February 2014

Criminal Procedure Rules about deferred prosecution agreements

The rules about deferred prosecution agreements which were included in the Criminal Procedure (Amendment No 2) Rules 2013 came into force on Monday 24 February, 2014. The Rules page on this website now contains those rules, in Part 12 of the Criminal Procedure Rules.

New form of statutory declaration

The Lord Chief Justice has authorised a new form of statutory declaration for use in connection with rule 37.11 of the Criminal Procedure Rules where a defendant did not know about a case until after the trial. The new form appears under the heading ‘Part 37 – Trial and sentence in a magistrates’ court’ on the Forms page.

December 2013

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment No 2) Rules 2013

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 2) Rules 2013 (PDF)

Criminal Procedure Rule Committee appointments

The Lord Chief Justice has appointed Sir Brian Leveson, the President of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court. The Lord Chancellor has appointed Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Amendments to the Criminal Practice Directions

The Lord Chief Justice has made amendments to the Criminal Practice Directions. The amendments have effect from 10 December, 2013. They add to the Criminal Practice Directions:

(a) a table of content;
(b) additional paragraph numbering, for clarity;
(c) an amendment to clarify the status of the Supreme Court Practice Direction on Devolution;
(d) an amendment to clarify the legislation referred to in CPD General matters 5B: Access to information held by the Court;
(e) an amendment to reflect correctly the SGC guidance on sentencing for Bail Act offences;
(f) an amendment to create a presumption that Victim Personal Statements will be read to the court if the victim so requests, subject to judicial discretion;
(g) an amendment to the mode of address for a Senior Circuit judge who is an Honorary Recorder;
(h) a new Practice Direction to be included on Impact Statements for Businesses.

The extracts from the Criminal Practice Directions which are on this website with the Criminal Procedure Rules now include those amendments.

October 2013

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2013

The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee has made amendments to the Criminal Procedure Rules to codify the procedure that supplements a defendant’s common law right to interpretation and translation and also to give effect, in part, to the requirements of Directive 2010/64/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20th October, 2010, on the right to interpretation and translation in criminal proceedings.

The Amendment Rules are published on the Legislation website. When they come into force, on 27th October, the changes they make to rules in Parts 3 and 5 of the Criminal Procedure Rules will appear on this website, too.

The Criminal Procedure Rules 2013 and the Criminal Practice Directions

The Criminal Procedure Rules 2013 came into force on Monday 7 October, 2013. The Rules page on this website now contains the up to date rules.

On the same day, new Criminal Practice Directions made by the Lord Chief Justice came into force. The Practice Directions have been revised and rearranged in a way that corresponds with the Criminal Procedure Rules. The Rules page on this website now contains those Directions, too. The summary below describes the main changes to the previous Practice Directions.

Criminal Practice Directions 2013: a summary of the main changes

August 2013 

New forms of application for search warrants

The Lord Chief Justice has authorised new forms of application for search warrants for use in connection with new rules 6.30, 6.31 and 6.32 of the Criminal Procedure Rules, with effect from Monday 7 October, 2013.

The new forms appear under the Part 6 heading on the Forms page.

July 2013

Criminal Procedure Rule Committee appointments

Chief Constable Barker-McCardle has retired from the Committee. We are indebted to him for his service. The Lord Chancellor has appointed Chief Constable Lynne Owens, QPM of Surrey Police as the representative of the Association of Chief Police Officers.

The Lord Chief Justice has re-appointed Mr Justice Openshaw, a High Court judge member.

The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee web-page has been amended to reflect these appointments.

The Criminal Procedure Rules 2013

The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee has made this year’s restatement of the Criminal Procedure Rules. The Rules will come into force on Monday 7th October, 2013.

The new rules are published on the Legislation website. When they come into force, the text will appear on this website, too. Until then, the existing Criminal Procedure Rules remain in force (the Criminal Procedure Rules 2012, amended by the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2012).

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

Guide to Criminal Procedure Rules 2013

June 2013

Proposed new rules about deferred prosecution agreements

The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee invites comments on proposed rules about deferred prosecution agreements, to supplement Schedule 17 to the Crime and Courts Act 2013. The Invitation to Comment, below, explains the details:

Comments are invited by 30 September, 2013.

The Director of Public Prosecutions and the Director of the Serious Fraud Office have published a consultation on a draft Code for prosecutors to be issued under paragraph 6 of Schedule 17 to the 2013 Act.


  • 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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