Procedure during a Crown Court trial—arraignment, trial requirements and evidence
Produced in partnership with Leon Kazakos QC of 2 Hare Court
Procedure during a Crown Court trial—arraignment, trial requirements and evidence

The following Corporate Crime practice note Produced in partnership with Leon Kazakos QC of 2 Hare Court provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Procedure during a Crown Court trial—arraignment, trial requirements and evidence
  • Arraignment in criminal cases
  • Crown court trial requirements
  • Procedure following a plea of not guilty
  • Close of the prosecution case—submission of no case to answer
  • Close of the prosecution case—application to adduce further evidence
  • The defence case in criminal matters
  • Procedure where the defendant is unfit to plead
  • Witness evidence in criminal trials
  • Evidence by admission under the Criminal Justice Act 1967
  • More...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance 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 to give judges more options for avoiding adjournments and keeping business moving through the courts to help reduce delays in the administration of justice during the pandemic. See: CA 2020, ss 53–56. The Criminal Procedure (Amendment No 2) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020, SI 2020/417, temporarily amended the procedural requirements contained within the Criminal Procedure Rules 2015, SI 2015/1490 (which were the version of the Criminal Procedure Rules in force at that time) to reflect the CA 2020 modifications to the rules on live audio and video links. SI 2015/1490 was revoked and replaced by the Criminal Procedure Rules 2020 (CrimPR), SI 2020/759 on 5 October 2020. By virtue of CrimPR, SI 2020/759, r 2.1(4), the temporary amendments made by SI 2020/417 are retained and remain in force for as long as CA 2020, ss 53–56 and paragraph 6 of Schedule 8 remain in force. Practitioners therefore need to ensure that they are familiar with the amendments which apply during the pandemic and which are explained below. We are reviewing our content on the basis of information available and will keep it under regular review. Meanwhile, for updates on key developments and

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