Criminal Procedure Rules—update February and April 2014 [Archived]
Criminal Procedure Rules—update February and April 2014 [Archived]

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

  • Criminal Procedure Rules—update February and April 2014 [Archived]
  • What are the changes which have already been made in 2014?
  • Changes which will take effect from 7 April 2014
  • Court hearing lists
  • Sending for trial
  • Other updating changes
  • Change to the statutory declaration that unaware of trial

ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note provides background information on the changes to criminal procedure which came into force on 24 February and 7 April 2014 under the Criminal Procedure Rules 2013, SI 2013/1554 and the Criminal Procedure (Amendment No) Rules 2013, SI 2013/3183. These regulations have been revoked.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.

This Practice Note states the law as at 7 April 2014 and is not maintained. It is for background information only.

What are the changes which have already been made in 2014?

The new rules providing a framework for deferred prosecution agreements (DPA) came into force on 24 February 2014. The new rules insert a new Part 12 in the Criminal Procedure Rules 2013 (Crim PR 2013) to provide for the procedure relating to this new way of dealing with some crimes. Schedule 17 to the Crime and Courts Act 2013 (CCA 2013) sets out an alternative procedure for dealing with fraud and some other offences, allegedly committed by an organisation, by means of a DPA made between the prosecutor and the organisation and approved by the Crown Court. For further information see Practice Note: Deferred prosecution agreements.

Most of the new procedure is a requirement of the CCA