Pre-trial and case management hearings in the Crown Court
Produced in partnership with 25 Bedford Row
Pre-trial and case management hearings in the Crown Court

The following Corporate Crime guidance note Produced in partnership with 25 Bedford Row provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Pre-trial and case management hearings in the Crown Court
  • Plea and trial preparation hearings (PTPHs)
  • Further case management hearings (FCMHs)
  • Compliance hearings
  • Use of live link and telephone facilities for pre-trial hearings
  • Pre-trial rulings
  • Preparatory hearings in the Crown Court

The Criminal Procedure Rules 2015 (CrimPR), SI 2015/1490 provide for two main types of hearing which are described more fully below:

  1. plea and trial preparation hearings (PTPHs), and

  2. further case management hearings (FCMHs)

PTPHs and FCMHs replaced the previous Plea and Case Management Hearings and which were phased out in January 2016. FCMHs should only take place in complex cases. This means that in the majority of cases, following the PTPH the next time the case comes before the court, it will be for trial. These hearings form a key element of the Better Case Management (BCM) initiative which aims to improve the way cases are processed through the criminal justice system in England and Wales. The key principles of BCM are to:

  1. create a single, uniform, national process for criminal case progression

  2. ensure that cases are progressed in the right way, the first time

  3. require the nomination of an identifiable person responsible for each case

  4. require evidence to be served on a proportionate basis

  5. demand direct engagement and participation by all parties involved in the case

  6. enable the earlier resolution of pleas and the identification of the issues in the case

  7. reduce the number of hearings which come before the Crown Court

  8. ensure those hearings that do take place are conducted efficiently

  9. ensure that judges adopt consistent and robust approaches to