Criminal Practice Directions

The following Corporate Crime practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Criminal Practice Directions
  • Amendments to the CPD and Costs Practice Direction
  • November 2020
  • May 2020
  • October 2019
  • April 2019
  • October 2018
  • April 2018
  • October 2017
  • April 2017
  • More...

Criminal Practice Directions

The Lord Chief Justice has power, including power under the Courts Act 2003 and the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, to make directions as to the practice and procedure of the criminal courts. These directions supplement, and should be read in conjunction with, the Criminal Procedure Rules 2020, SI 2020/759 (CrimPR). For information on CrimPR, see Practice Note: The Criminal Procedure Rules.

Together, the CrimPR and the Criminal Practice Directions, which are sometimes referred to as the CPD, govern the practice and procedure to be followed in all criminal courts including magistrates' courts, Crown Courts, Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) and in extradition appeal cases before the High Court.

The Criminal Practice Directions (CPD) and the Practice Direction (Costs in Criminal Proceedings) are amended as required, usually in line with amendments to the CrimPR.

The current version of the Criminal Practice Directions 2015, came into force on 5 October 2015 and replaced the Criminal Practice Direction 2013 as amended. The Criminal Practice Directions 2015 were updated to take account of the renumbering and reorganisation of CrimPR in October 2015.

The current version of the Practice Direction (Costs in Criminal Proceedings) also came into force on 5 October 2015 and replaced Practice Direction (Costs in Criminal Proceedings) of 2013 as amended. Again this update was made to take account of the renumbering and reorganisation of CrimPR.

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