Criminal Procedure Rules—update April 2015 [Archived]
Criminal Procedure Rules—update April 2015 [Archived]

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

  • Criminal Procedure Rules—update April 2015 [Archived]
  • Ground rules hearings
  • Confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
  • Restraint, seizure and detention proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
  • Appeal to the Crown Court
  • Single justice procedure: special rules
  • Consequential amendments

ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note provides background information on the changes to criminal procedure which came into force on 6 April 2015 under the Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2015, SI 2015/13 and the Criminal Procedure (Amendment No 2) Rules, SI 2015/646. These regulations have been revoked. The current rules on criminal procedure are contained in the Criminal Procedure Rules 2015, SI 2015/1490 as amended. See Practice Note: The Criminal Procedure Rules.

The Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2015, SI 2015/13, and the Criminal Procedure (Amendment No 2) Rules, SI 2015/646 make a number of amendments to the Criminal Procedure Rules, SI 2014/1610 (Crim PR 2014). In particular, these SIs make provision for ground rules hearings, the requirement of advance notice for the introduction of further evidence on an appeal to the Crown Court from a magistrates’ court and for trial by single justice on the papers.

These changes come into force from 6 April 2015.

Ground rules hearings

Crim PR 2014, SI 2014/1610, r 3.9 (Case preparation and progression) is amended to provide further detail on what steps the court must take where directions for appropriate treatment and questioning of a witness or the defendant are made in order to facilitate their participation at court.

The court may specify the measures needed to help a witness or a defendant give complete, coherent and accurate evidence to the court where certain criteria

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