What's New? Criminal Procedure Rules

July 2020

The Criminal Procedure Rules 2020

The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee has made a new consolidation of the Criminal Procedure Rules. The 2020 Rules replace the Criminal Procedure Rules 2015 and the amendments made to those rules since then. The new rules come into force on Monday 5 October 2020.

The new rules are published on the Legislation website. When they come into force they will appear on this website, too. The guide to the new rules, below, describes what they contain.

Guide to the Criminal Procedure Rules 2020 (PDF)

May 2020

Amendments to Criminal Practice Directions

The Lord Chief Justice has made some practice direction amendments that came into force on Wednesday 13 May 2020. The Rules page on this website now includes those changes.

The amendments give magistrates guidance on how to deal with a defendant who fails to give name, date of birth or nationality when required to do so. They supplement rules about alerting a court to the existence of sensitive information which is not required to be disclosed to the defendant. They give courts guidance on dealing with defendants brought to court in police custody and on dealing with a defendant who attends court late, in breach of bail. They give magistrates and Crown Court judges guidance on the Crown Court centres at which appeals from magistrates’ courts should be heard and on the courts at which proceedings for breach of community orders should be dealt with. For more information, see the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary website.

April 2020

Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 2) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020

The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee has made some temporary changes to Parts 2, 3, 5, 14, 18, 24, 25, 28, 47 and 50 of the Criminal Procedure Rules because of modifications to legislation made by the Coronavirus Act 2020. The main changes are to the rules about live link directions and to other references to live links.

The new rules are published on the Legislation website. They come into force on Tuesday 14 April 2020. They remain in force only until relevant sections of the Coronavirus Act 2020 expire.

The Rules page on this website now includes the temporarily amended versions of those Parts of the Rules as well as the versions that will apply again when the temporary amendments expire.

Criminal Procedure Rule changes now in force

The changes to the Criminal Procedure Rules made by the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2020 came into force on Monday 6 April 2020. The Rules page on this website now includes those changes.

February 2020

Proposed new form of standard disclosure certificate

The government is consulting on a revised version of the disclosure Code of Practice issued under section 23 of the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 and on a revised edition of the Attorney General’s Guidelines on Disclosure. The consultation is published on GOV.UK. The government invites responses by 22 April 2020.

In connection with that consultation the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee has been asked to consider a draft new form of standard prosecution disclosure certificate for use in connection with Part 15 of the Criminal Procedure Rules. The new form is the ‘schedule’ to which paragraphs 6.6, 10.3 and 10.4 of the revised Code of Practice refer. A copy of the new form is below. When consultation on the revised Code and on the form are complete the lists of items in paragraph 6.6 and in the form will correspond.

The Rule Committee will be grateful for any comments about the form that respondents to the government’s consultation may have. Please send your reply to the Attorney General’s office, by email to disclosure@attorneygeneral.gov.uk or by post to Disclosure consultation, Attorney General’s Office, 102 Petty France, London, SW1H 9EA.

Draft new Standard Disclosure Certificate (DOC)

January 2020

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2020

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 6 April 2020, the changes they make to the Criminal Procedure Rules will appear on this website, too.

Guide to the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2020 (PDF)

November 2019

Outcome of invitation to comment on draft rules

In April the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee invited comments on a proposal for rules under new statutory powers that provide for the exercise of judicial functions by authorised court officers. The Committee is grateful for the replies received. The report below describes the outcome of that consultation and sets out the rules that the Committee has decided to make.

Outcome of invitation to comment on draft rules (PDF)

October 2019

Amendments to Criminal Practice Directions

The Lord Chief Justice has made some practice direction amendments that came into force on Monday 14 October 2019. The Rules page on this website now includes those changes. Among other things, the changes supplement the Criminal Procedure Rules about the procedure to follow when a court varies a sentence. They give courts guidance on restricting public access to a court room during a hearing in public. They prescribe the explanation of the right to give evidence that courts must give defendants who are not represented by a lawyer. For more information, see the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary website.

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

The Lord Chief Justice has authorised the use of two 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). The new forms are for applicants who are representing themselves without a lawyer. The Forms page on this website now includes the new forms.

Criminal Procedure Rule changes now in force

The changes to the Criminal Procedure Rules made by the Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2019 came into force on Monday 7 October 2019. The Rules page on this website now includes those changes.

Criminal Procedure Rule Committee appointments

The Committee appointments of Sir Brian Leveson, Nathaniel Rudolf and Paul Harris all have expired. We are indebted to them for their Committee service. The Lord Chief Justice has appointed Lord Justice Fulford as deputy chairman of the Committee and the Lord Chancellor has appointed Paul Jarvis and Edmund Smyth as a barrister and a solicitor member respectively. The Committee members page has been brought up to date to include these appointments.

July 2019

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2019

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 7 October 2019, the changes they make to the Criminal Procedure Rules will appear on this website, too.

Guide to the Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2019

New form for Crown Court case management

A new plea and trial preparation hearing (‘PTPH’) form has been authorised by the Lord Chief Justice for use in Crown Court cases starting from 22 July 2019. The forms page on this website now includes the new form.

More information about the PTPH form and Crown Court case management, and information about the Crown Court Digital Case System, can be found on GOV.UK.


  • 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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