Reporting restrictions in allocation and sending proceedings

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

  • Reporting restrictions in allocation and sending proceedings
  • Restrictions on reporting allocation and sending proceedings
  • The scope of the restrictions
  • Meaning of 'publish' and 'relevant programme'
  • Lifting reporting restrictions
  • Offences in connection with reporting
  • Elements of the offence under the CDA 1998, s 52B
  • Who can commit the offence?
  • Consent
  • Sentencing

Reporting restrictions in allocation and sending proceedings

For information on the application of reporting restrictions in criminal proceedings generally, see Practice Note: Reporting restrictions in criminal cases.

Restrictions on reporting allocation and sending proceedings

The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (CDA 1998) governs the reporting of cases allocated or sent to the Crown Court for trial.

The purpose of restrictions on what may be reported in criminal proceedings is to protect the defendant and prevent any potential juror from being influenced by a report of the case prior to trial.

The restrictions do not apply when the defendant enters a plea of guilty at the initial procedure stage (plea before venue) or after the defendant's trial (or where there is more than one defendant, the trial of the last to be tried).

The scope of the restrictions

The CDA 1998, s 52A specifies the matters that may be reported in allocation and sending proceedings.

These are:

  1. the identity of the court and the names of the examining justices

  2. the name, age, home address and occupation of the defendant

  3. the offence or offences, or a summary of them, in respect of which a notice of transfer has been given under the CDA 1998 (notices in cases of serious or complex fraud) or any 'relevant business information'

  4. the offence, or offences or summary of them, with which the defendant is charged

  5. the

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