What's New? Criminal Procedure Rules

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.

July 2016

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2016

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 2016

April 2016

Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2016 and Practice Directions now in force

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2016 came into force on Monday 4 April 2016. On the same day the Practice Direction amendments recently made by the Lord Chief Justice came into force. The Rules page on this website now includes all those changes.

The forms for use with the amended CrimPR Part 47 rules about investigation orders and warrants have been brought up to date to correspond with those new rules. They are on the Forms page

March 2016

Amendments to the Criminal Practice Directions

The Lord Chief Justice has made some amendments to the Criminal Practice Directions and to the Practice Direction (Costs in Criminal Proceedings). There are new directions about taking notes in court; about helping courts to understand what is in issue in a case; and about directions to juries. There are changes to the directions about intermediaries; about applications for permission to start a prosecution in the Crown Court by ‘voluntary bill’; about appeal notices in the Court of Appeal; and about assessing costs in some complex cases.

The Practice Direction amendments are published on the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary website. They take effect on Monday 4 April 2016. When they come into force, the changes they make to the Practice Directions will appear on this website, too.

New plea and trial preparation hearing forms

The Forms page now contains up to date guidance and forms for use at plea and trial preparation hearings in the Crown Court, and includes the case management questionnaire for use in magistrates’ courts when a case is sent to the Crown Court for trial.

February 2016

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2016

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.

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2016


  • 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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