What's New? Criminal Procedure Rules

September 2018

New forms for appeal to the Crown Court from a magistrates’ court

As well as new forms for appeals to which Part 39 of the Criminal Procedure Rules applies (see beneath), on Monday 1 October, 2018, there will be new forms, too, for appeal to the Crown Court from a magistrates’ court under Part 34 of the Rules. The forms will help appellants and respondents to comply with the changes to the rules that come into force on that day. The new forms are being tested in some courts. Before they come into force, they can be found on the justice website.

New forms for appeal to the Court of Appeal about conviction or sentence

The Lord Chief Justice has authorised the use of some new forms of appeal notice for appeals to which Part 39 of the Criminal Procedure Rules applies (Appeal to the Court of Appeal about conviction or sentence). They come into force on Monday 1 October 2018. When they come into force, they will appear on the Forms page on this website. In the meantime, the new forms can be found on the justice website.

July 2018

Amendments to 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 1 October 2018.

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 Practise Directions amendments July 2018 - summary of changes (PDF)

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2018

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, on Monday 1 October 2018, the changes they make to the Criminal Procedure Rules will appear on this website, too.

Guide to the Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2018 (PDF)

April 2018

Criminal Procedure Rule changes now in force

The changes to the Criminal Procedure Rules made by the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2018 and some Practice Direction amendments made by the Lord Chief Justice in March came into force on Monday 2 April 2018. The Rules page on this website now includes all those changes.

February 2018

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2018

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 2018 (PDF)

Criminal Procedure Rule Committee appointment

The Lord Chancellor has appointed Chief Constable Nick Ephgrave as a member of the Committee, on the nomination of the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

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

January 2018

Criminal Procedure Rule Committee appointment

Lady Justice Rafferty has resigned from the Committee following her appointment as Vice Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission. We are indebted to her for her Committee service. The Lord Chief Justice has appointed Sir Brian Leveson as deputy chairman of the Committee and Mr Justice Haddon-Cave as a High Court judge member.
The Committee members page has been brought up to date to include these appointments.

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.


  • 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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