Rules and Practice Directions

Criminal Procedure Rules govern the practice and procedure in criminal cases in magistrates’ courts, the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), and the practice and procedure in extradition appeal cases in the High Court. The Rules are made by the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee.

The 2014 restatement of the Criminal Procedure Rules came into force on Monday 6 October, 2014. The list below sets out the rules in Part order and contains the up to date text of each Part. The list also sets out the Criminal Practice Directions, including the Criminal Costs Practice Direction, in divisions corresponding with the Rules. The Practice Directions are made by the Lord Chief Justice.

At the beginning of the list is a document which contains the whole of the Criminal Procedure Rules and the Criminal Practice Directions which can be read online or downloaded.

At the bottom of this page, after the Glossary of legal expressions which is part of the Rules, there is a document listing where in the Rules those expressions appear. There is also an extract of the main rules about case management.

The Criminal Practice Directions and the Criminal Costs Practice Direction are also published on the website of the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary.

ARRANGEMENT OF RULES AND PRACTICE DIRECTIONS

The Criminal Procedure Rules and Criminal Practice Directions are arranged in eleven divisions, corresponding with the different stages in criminal proceedings.

ARRANGEMENT OF RULES AND PRACTICE DIRECTIONS

 

Criminal Procedure Rules and Criminal Practice Directions: complete edition.

  • General matters

  •  
    Part 1 The overriding objective
  •  
    Part 2 Understanding and applying the Rules
  •  
    Part 3 Case management
  •  
    Part 4 Service of documents
  •  
    Part 5 Forms and court records
  •  
    Criminal Practice Directions I: General matters
  • Preliminary proceedings

  •  
    Part 6 Investigation orders and warrants
  •  
    Part 7 Starting a prosecution in a magistrates' court
  •  
    Part 8 Discontinuing a prosecution
  •  
    Part 9 Allocation and sending for trial
  •  
    Part 10 Initial details of the prosecution case
  •  
    Part 11 - [Empty]
  •  
    Part 12 - Deferred prosecution agreements
  •  
    Part 13 - [Empty]
  •  
    Part 14 The indictment
  • Part 15 - [Empty]
  •  
    Part 16 Reporting, etc. restrictions
  •  
    Part 17 Extradition
  •  
    Criminal Practice Directions II: Preliminary proceedings
  • Custody and bail

  •  
    Part 18 Warrants for arrest, detention or imprisonment
  •  
    Part 19 Bail and custody time limits

  • Part 20 - [Empty]
  •  
    Criminal Practice Directions III: Custody and bail
  • Disclosure

  •  
    Part 21 - [Empty]
  •  
    Part 22 Disclosure
  • Part 23 - [Empty]
  • Part 24 - [Empty]
  • Part 25 - [Empty]
  • Part 26 - [Empty]
  •  
    Criminal Practice Directions IV: Disclosure
  • Evidence

  •  
    Part 27 Witness statements
  •  
    Part 28 Witness summonses, warrants and orders
  •  
    Part 29 Measures to assist a witness or defendant to give evidence
  • Part 30 - [Empty]
  •  
    Part 31 Restriction on cross-examination by a defendant acting in person
  •  
    Part 32 International co-operation
  •  
    Part 33 Expert evidence
  •  
    Part 34 Hearsay evidence
  •  
    Part 35 Evidence of bad character
  •  
    Part 36 Evidence of a complainant's previous sexual behaviour
  •  
    Criminal Practice Directions V: Evidence
  • Trial

  •  
    Part 37 Trial and sentence in a magistrates' court
  • Part 38 Trial and sentence in the Crown Court
  •  
    Part 39 Jurors
  •  
    Part 40 Tainted acquittals
  •  
    Part 41 Retrial following acquittal for serious offence
  •  
    Criminal Practice Directions VI: Trial
  • Sentencing

  •  
    Part 42 Sentencing procedures in special cases
  • Part 43 - [Empty]
  •  
    Part 44 Breach, revocation and amendment of community and other orders
  • Part 45 - [Empty]
  • Part 46 - [Empty]
  • Part 47 - [Empty]
  • Part 48 - [Empty]
  • Part 49 - [Empty]
  •  
    Part 50 Civil behaviour orders after verdict or finding
  • Part 51 - [Empty]
  •  
    Part 52 Enforcement of fines and other orders for payment
  • Part 53 - [Empty]
  • Part 54 - [Empty]
  •  
    Part 55 Road traffic penalties
  •  
    Criminal Practice Directions VII: Sentencing
  • Confiscation and related proceedings

  •  
    Part 56 Confiscation proceedings under the Criminal Justice Act 1988 and the Drug Trafficking Act 1994
  •  
    Part 57 Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: rules applicable to all proceedings
  •  
    Part 58 Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: rules applicable only to confiscation proceedings
  •  
    Part 59 Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: rules applicable only to restraint proceedings
  •  
    Part 60 Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: rules applicable only to receivership proceedings
  •  
    Part 61 Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: rules applicable to restraint and receivership proceedings
  •  
    [There are no Criminal Practice Directions relating to confiscation and related proceedings.]
  • Contempt of court

  •  
    Part 62 Contempt of court
  •  
    Criminal Practice Directions IX: Contempt of court
  • Appeal

  •  
    Part 63 Appeal to the Crown Court
  •  
    Part 64 Appeal to the High Court by case stated
  •  
    Part 65 Appeal to the Court of Appeal: general rules
  •  
    Part 66 Appeal to the Court of Appeal against ruling at preparatory hearing
  •  
    Part 67 Appeal to the Court of Appeal against ruling adverse to prosecution
  •  
    Part 68 Appeal to the Court of Appeal about conviction or sentence
  •  
    Part 69 Appeal to the Court of Appeal regarding reporting or public access restriction
  •  
    Part 70 Reference to the Court of Appeal of point of law or unduly lenient sentencing
  •  
    Part 71 Appeal to the Court of Appeal under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: general rules
  •  
    Part 72 Appeal to the Court of Appeal under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: prosecutor's appeal regarding confiscation
  •  
    Part 73 Appeal to the Court of Appeal under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: restraint or receivership orders
  •  
    Part 74 Appeal or reference to the Supreme Court
  •  
    Part 75 Request to the European Court for a preliminary ruling
  •  
    Criminal Practice Directions X: Appeal
  • Costs

  •  
    Part 76 Costs
  •  
    Criminal Costs Practice Direction
  • Glossary

  • Glossary of legal expressions used in the Criminal Procedure Rules
  •  
    Glossary - table of rule references
  • General and listing practice directions

  • Criminal Practice Directions XII: General application
  •  
    Criminal Practice Directions XIII: Listing
  •  Case management rules

  • Case management

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