Procedure during a Crown Court trial—summing up and directing the jury
Produced in partnership with Leon Kazakos QC of 2 Hare Court
Procedure during a Crown Court trial—summing up and directing the jury

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—summing up and directing the jury
  • Closing speeches at the end of the evidence: prosecution and defence
  • Summing a case up to the jury
  • Split summing up
  • Challenging a judge’s summing up
  • Fair and balanced approach
  • Repeating the evidence to the jury
  • Misdirecting the jury
  • Other errors in summing up
  • Directing the jury generally
  • 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 to give judges more options for avoiding adjournments and keeping business moving through the courts to help reduce delays in the administration of justice while the pandemic is in full swing. See: CA 2020, ss 53–56. See also Criminal Procedure (Amendment No 2) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020, SI 2020/417, which make amendments to Criminal Procedure Rules 2020, SI 2020/759 (CrimPR) on a temporary basis from 14 April 2020, to reflect the CA 2020 modifications to the rules on live audio and video links. Practitioners might also find it useful to consult the daily operational summaries published by HM Courts and Tribunal Service which provides details of the current workings of the courts. 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 related practical guidance on the implications for lawyers, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the criminal justice system—overview and Practice Notes:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit and Criminal Procedure Rules (CrimPR)—update for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This Practice Note explains the procedure which must be followed during the latter stages of a Crown Court trial and sentencing in

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