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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020) among other measures, makes provision for the extended use of live links and audio links in criminal proceedings to give judges more options for avoiding adjournments and keeping business moving through the courts to help reduce delays in the administration of justice while the pandemic is in full swing. See: CA 2020, ss 53–56. See also Criminal Procedure (Amendment No 2) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020, SI 2020/417, which make amendments to the Criminal Procedure Rules 2015 (CrimPR), SI 2015/1490 on a temporary basis from 14 April 2020, to reflect the CA 2020 modifications to the rules on live audio and video links. See further, Practice Note: Practical guide to remote hearings in the criminal courts during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Practical tips for attending remote criminal hearings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic—checklist and Availability of live links in criminal proceedings during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic—checklist. The Lord Chief Justice has authorised the use of a magistrates' court trial triage form (coronavirus)' in connection with Part 3 (Case management) of the Criminal Procedure Rules 2015, SI 2015/1490 (CrimPR), which will supplement the Preparation for Effective Trial form and allows the court to collect additional information about witnesses and defendants to assist magistrates in deciding