Case management in the magistrates’ courts
Produced in partnership with Kathryn Hughes of QEB Hollis Whiteman
Case management in the magistrates’ courts

The following Corporate Crime guidance note Produced in partnership with Kathryn Hughes of QEB Hollis Whiteman provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Case management in the magistrates’ courts
  • The overriding objective
  • Case management in the magistrates’ court
  • Case management before the first appearance
  • First appearances in the magistrates’ court
  • First appearances: requirement to enter a plea
  • First appearances: disclosure
  • First appearances: case management
  • Applications to adjourn in magistrates’ courts
  • Use of live link and telephone facilities for case management hearings in the magistrates’ court
  • more

The overriding objective

Pursuant to the overriding objective, courts are required to actively manage cases in order to ensure that they are dealt with justly in an efficient and expeditious manner.

Case management in the magistrates’ court

The Transforming Summary Justice initiative, which was launched on 1 June 2015, is a cross-agency criminal justice scheme aimed at reforming the way in which criminal casework is dealt with in the magistrates’ courts. It is focussed on reducing delay, having fewer hearings and more effective trials.

Case management in the magistrates’ court is governed by Criminal Procedure Rules 2015 (CrimPR), SI 2015/1490, Pt 3 (as amended) together with the Criminal Practice Directions (as amended). CrimPR, SI 2015/1490, rr 3.1–3.12 and 3.27 are particularly relevant.

The CrimPR, SI 2015/1490 and the Criminal Practice Directions are the law. Together they provide a code of current practice that is binding on the courts to which they are directed, and which promotes the consistent administration of justice. Participants must comply with the Rules and Practice Direction, and directions made by the court.

For further information, see Practice Notes: The Criminal Procedure Rules, Criminal Practice Directions and Non-compliance with the Criminal Procedure Rules.

Case management before the first appearance

Defence representatives in all cases are now expected to request the Initial Details of the Prosecution Case (IDPC)

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