What's New? Criminal Procedure Rules

July 2015

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.

 Guide to the Criminal Procedure Rules 2015 (PDF)

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 introduction and guidance (DOC)

PTPH form - 1 defendant (DOC)

PTPH form - 10 defendants (DOC)

Standard witness table (DOC)

April 2015

Criminal Procedure Rule and Practice Direction changes come into force

The rest of the changes made by the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2015, and the changes made by the Criminal Procedure (Amendment No 2) Rules 2015, came into force on Monday 6 April, 2015. They affect Parts 3, 4, 7, 9, 14, 37, 42, 50, 58, 59 and 63 of the Criminal Procedure Rules. On the same day, amendments to the Practice Directions made by the Lord Chief Justice came into force. The Rules page on this website now includes all those changes.

March 2015

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment No 2) Rules 2015

The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee has made some further changes to the Criminal Procedure Rules, about a new trial procedure in magistrates’ courts. 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 6 April 2015, the changes they make to the Criminal Procedure Rules will appear on this website, too. 

Guide to the Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2015 (pdf)

Statutory Instrument

Vacancy for a Criminal Procedure Rule Committee member

The Lord Chief Justice wishes to appoint a magistrate member of the Rule Committee, on the expiry of the present member’s term. The appointment is open only to people who are already magistrates. The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 30 March 2015. There is a description of the appointment, with instructions about how to apply, in the notice beneath.

Vacancy for a Criminal Procedure Rule Committee member (DOC)

February 2015

Criminal Procedure Rule changes come into force

Some of the changes made by the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2015 came into force on Monday 2 February, 2015. The Rules page on this website now includes those changes. They affect Parts 6, 17, 39, 52 and 76 of the Criminal Procedure Rules.

January 2015

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2015

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 2015

October 2014

The Criminal Procedure Rules 2014 and the Criminal Practice Directions

The Criminal Procedure Rules 2014 came into force on Monday 6 October, 2014. On the same day, amendments to the 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 new consolidated edition which can be read online or downloaded.

September 2014 

Criminal Procedure Rule Committee appointment

Tessa Szagun has retired from the Committee. We are indebted to her for her service. The Lord Chancellor has appointed Sîan Jones as the justices’ clerk Committee member.

The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee page has been amended to reflect this appointment. 

August 2014

Magistrates’ courts trial preparation form

The Lord Chief Justice has authorised an amendment to the list of standard trial preparation time limits at page 7 of the magistrates’ courts trial preparation form. Time limit (d) (Application for disclosure) has been rewritten to clarify the obligation on the defendant when making an application for prosecution disclosure.

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

Practice Direction amendments

The Lord Chief Justice has made amendments to the Criminal Practice Directions and the Criminal Costs Practice Direction. The amendments are published on the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary website. When the amendments come into force, on Monday 6th October, 2014, the text will appear on this website, too. 

June 2014

The Criminal Procedure Rules 2014

The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee has made this year’s restatement of the Criminal Procedure Rules. The Rules will come into force on Monday 6th October, 2014.

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 2013, amended by the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2013 and the Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2013).

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

Criminal Procedure Rules 2014

Criminal Procedure Rule Committee appointment

Her Honour Judge Anna Guggenheim QC has retired from the Committee. We are indebted to her for her service. The Lord Chief Justice has appointed His Honour Judge Martin Edmunds QC.

The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee page has been amended to reflect this appointment.


  • 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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