Special measures for the accused
Special measures for the accused

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

  • Special measures for the accused
  • The accused's eligibility for special measures
  • Live links for the accused
  • Use of an intermediary for an accused
  • Procedure for making an application

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 the Criminal Procedure Rules 2015 (CrimPR), SI 2015/1490 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) April 2020.

The accused's eligibility for special measures

Under the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence