Other procedure rules for magistrates' courts and the Crown Court

There are some other procedure rules for magistrates’ courts and for the Crown Court made under section 144 of the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980 and section 84 of the Senior Courts Act 1981. The rules are listed on the Rules page.

Some of those rules used to apply to criminal and family cases, too. They stopped doing so when the Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980 and the Senior Courts Act 1981 were amended by the statutory provisions under which the Criminal Procedure Rules and the Family Procedure Rules now are made.

What’s New?

January 2020

Magistrates’ Courts (Amendment) Rules 2019 come into force

The changes to the Magistrates’ Courts Rules 1981 made by the Magistrates’ Courts (Amendment) Rules 2019 came into force on Wednesday 1 January 2020.

November 2019

Magistrates’ Courts (Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (External Requests and Orders) Order 2005, Part 5A, and Miscellaneous Amendments) Rules 2019

Magistrates’ Courts (Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (External Requests and Orders) Order 2005, Part 5B) Rules 2019

These two sets of Rules prescribe the procedure to be followed on an application to a magistrates’ court to give effect in England and Wales to an ‘external order’ under Part 5A or Part 5B of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (External Requests and Orders) Order 2005, which provides for cooperation with other countries in the enforcement of their orders relating to the freezing and recovery of the proceeds of crime. They came into force on 12 November 2019.

October 2019

Magistrates’ Courts (Amendment) Rules 2019

These Rules amend the Magistrates’ Courts Rules 1981. They come into force on 1 January 2020. They:

  • remove the requirement for signatures on summonses and warrants.
  • prescribe the form of warrants of arrest.
  • prescribe the form of summonses, including a requirement to give the name and address of the court office.
  • amend the rules about service of summonses to permit modern methods of communication such as email or cloud access and allow the court to specify additional forms of service.
  • introduce a new rule about service of court orders, other than liability orders.
  • specify the date on which service of summonses and orders is treated as taking place.

Guide to the Magistrates’ Courts (Amendment) Rules 2019 (PDF)

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