This Practice Note explains the six criminal offences created by the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 (PSA 2016) relating to the production, supply, offering, possession, importing, exporting, and possession of psychoactive substances which mimic the effects of drugs regulated under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. It explains the background to the introduction of the offences, key definitions, penalties and the civil notices (prohibition notices and premises notices) and civil orders (prohibition orders and premises orders) which can be made as an alternative to prosecution.
This Practice Note explains the types of pre-trial hearings which can take place in the Crown Court. It explains plea and trial preparation hearings (PTPHs), further case management hearings (FCMHs) and compliance hearings in the Crown Court. The Practice Note covers preparation for trials in the Crown Court, including PTPHs, what happens at a PTPH, forms, the role of case progression officers, when further case managements hearings (FCMHs) can take place before a Crown Court trial and the use of live links in pre-trial hearings in the Crown Court as well as explaining the requirements of the Criminal Procedure Rules 2020 (CrimPR).
This Practice Note covers appealing the refusal or appealing the granting of bail. It deals with applications to the Crown Court, the procedure for making applications to the Crown Court under the Criminal Procedure Rules, appeals to the High Court, and the procedure for making applications to the High Court under the Rules of the Supreme Court, appealing against the imposition of bail conditions, prosecution appeals to the granting of bail, and the procedure for the prosecution exercising its right of appeal.
This Practice Note covers applications to the Crown Court for bail under section 81 of the Senior Courts Act 1981 (SCA 1981). It deals with the circumstances where a defendant can apply to the Crown Court for bail, the principles governing bail, applications for bail in murder cases, the procedure for Crown Court bail applications, sureties in the Crown Court and repeat applications for bail.
This Practice Note deals with failure to surrender, absconding and breach of bail conditions under the Bail Act 1976 (BA 1976). It also covers bench warrants, the procedure for dealing with failing to surrender, absconding and breach of bail conditions and the court’s approach to determining breach of bail conditions.
This Practice Note explains the conditions of bail that are commonly imposed by a court to prevent a defendant from absconding or committing further offences. The note explains the differences between a surety and security under the Bail Act 1976 and examines the consequences for a surety if a defendant absconds. The note also deals with making sureties continuous.
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