What's New? Criminal Procedure Rules

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.

April 2019

Proposed new rules about the exercise of judicial functions by authorised court officers

The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee invites comments on a proposal for rules under new statutory powers providing for the exercise of judicial functions by authorised court officers. The Invitation to Comment, below, explains the details. Comments are invited by 5th July, 2019.

Invitation to comment on proposed court officer rules April 2019 (PDF)

Criminal Procedure Rule changes now in force

The changes to the Criminal Procedure Rules made by the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2019 and some Practice Direction amendments made by the Lord Chief Justice in March came into force on Monday 1 April 2019. The Rules page on this website now includes those changes.

February 2019

Vacancies for Criminal Procedure Rule Committee members

The Lord Chancellor wishes to appoint a barrister and a solicitor member of the Rule Committee, on the expiry of two present members’ terms. The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 11 March 2019. There is a description of the appointments, with instructions about how to apply, in the notice published on the public appointments gov.uk website.

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment) 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 1 April 2019, the changes they make to the Criminal Procedure Rules will appear on this website, too.

Guide to the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2019

October 2018

Criminal Procedure Rule changes now in force

The changes to the Criminal Procedure Rules made by the Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2018, the Practice Direction amendments made by the Lord Chief Justice in July and the new appeal forms announced beneath all came into force on Monday 1 October 2018. The Rules page and the forms page on this website now include all those changes.

September 2018

New forms for appeal to the Crown Court from a magistrates’ court

As well as new forms for appeals to which Part 39 of the Criminal Procedure Rules applies (see beneath), on Monday 1 October, 2018, there will be new forms, too, for appeal to the Crown Court from a magistrates’ court under Part 34 of the Rules. The forms will help appellants and respondents to comply with the changes to the rules that come into force on that day.

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

The Lord Chief Justice has authorised the use of some 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). They come into force on Monday 1 October 2018. When they come into force, they will appear on the Forms page on this website. In the meantime, the new forms can be found on the justice website.

July 2018

Amendments to Criminal Practice Directions

The Lord Chief Justice has made some practice direction amendments. The summary below describes what they contain. They come into force on Monday 1 October 2018.

The practice directions are published on the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary website. When they come into force the changes they make to the Criminal Practice Directions will appear on this website, too.

Criminal Practise Directions amendments July 2018 - summary of changes (PDF)

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2018

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 1 October 2018, the changes they make to the Criminal Procedure Rules will appear on this website, too.

Guide to the Criminal Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2018 (PDF)


  • 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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