Criminal Procedure Rules (CrimPR)—update April 2019 [Archived]
Criminal Procedure Rules (CrimPR)—update April 2019 [Archived]

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

  • Criminal Procedure Rules (CrimPR)—update April 2019 [Archived]
  • Service of documents—serving on a magistrates’ court or Crown Court
  • Open justice—providing and publishing information about cases
  • Private prosecutors—information to be supplied
  • Expert witnesses—matters to be disclosed
  • Expert witnesses—withholding information on public interest grounds
  • Appeals in the Crown Court—deadlines for respondent’s notices
  • Extradition procedure—equivalence in extradition cases
  • Other amendments

ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note summarises the key changes made to the Criminal Procedure Rules 2015 (CrimPR), SI 2015/1490, by the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2019, SI 2019/143 which took effect on 1 April 2019. The CrimPR have subsequently been amended. See Practice Note: The Criminal Procedure Rules.

Service of documents—serving on a magistrates’ court or Crown Court

SI 2019/143, r 3 makes changes to CrimPR, SI 2015/1490, r 4.3 (service by handing over a document) and CrimPR, SI 2015/1490, r 4.4 (service by leaving or posting a document) to identify the court office for the service of documents as ‘the office at the address advertised by the Lord Chancellor as the place at which that court’s business is administered’ instead of ‘the office at which that court's business is administered by court staff’. This applies whether the court is the Crown Court or a magistrates’ court.

Changes in technology and the changes to the court estate have rendered the assumption that no court would sit at a place at which there was not also a court office no longer correct and this has resulted in papers being served at courts where there are no court staff. For further information, see News Analysis: Changes to the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2019. This issue has been addressed by this amendment. The guidance notes accompanying the SI indicate that notices

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