Criminal Procedure Rules (CrimPR)—update April 2020 [Archived]
Criminal Procedure Rules (CrimPR)—update April 2020 [Archived]

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

  • Criminal Procedure Rules (CrimPR)—update April 2020 [Archived]
  • Authorised court staff take on specified judicial functions
  • Notification hearings
  • Provision of information to journalists
  • Adding additional charges to prosecutions in the magistrates’ courts
  • Provision of medical reports to prisons
  • Knife crime prevention orders
  • Appeals where the defendant is found unfit to plead
  • Forthcoming changes to the CrimPR

ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note summarises the key changes made to the Criminal Procedure Rules 2015, SI 2015/1490, by the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2020, SI 2020/32 which came into force on 6 April 2020. This iteration of the rules has subsequently been repealed and replaced by the Criminal Procedure Rules 2020 (CrimPR), SI 2020/759. See Practice Note: The Criminal Procedure Rules.

Authorised court staff take on specified judicial functions

Part 2 of the CrimPR (as amended) allows authorised court staff to exercise specified judicial functions in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division (CACD), Crown Courts, magistrates’ court (including in extradition cases before a District Judge in the magistrates’ court) and in the High Court (in relation to extradition appeal cases). This relates to the provisions of the Courts Act 2003 (CA 2003) and amendments that were introduced by the Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Act 2018, which enabled such court staff members to exercise relevant judicial functions where authorised by the Lord Chief Justice.

‘Relevant judicial functions’ means a function of the court to which the general duty of the Lord Chancellor under CA 2003, s 1 applies.

The Criminal Procedure Rules Committee (CPRC) has substantially maintained the pre-existing practice of the exercise of judicial functions by court staff (court officers). Adjustments have been made to improve efficiency and to remove some anomalies in

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