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 practice 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)
  • What should be done before a PTPH?
  • PTPH form
  • Case progression officers
  • What happens at the PTPH?
  • Obtaining medical reports
  • Notification hearings
  • Further case management hearings (FCMHs)
  • Compliance hearings
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020). CA 2020, among other measures, makes provision for the extended use of live links and audio links in criminal proceedings. See Practice Notes: Operation of the criminal courts during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and Criminal Procedure Rules (CrimPR)—update for Coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as Availability of live links in criminal proceedings during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic—checklist. See also, Practice Note: Practical guide to remote hearings in the criminal courts during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and Practical tips for attending remote criminal hearings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic—checklist. For updates on key developments and related practical guidance on the implications for lawyers, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the criminal justice system—overview and the: Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit.

The Criminal Procedure Rules 2020, SI 2020/759 (CrimPR) 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

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