Ministry of Justice

The Criminal Procedure Rules 2005

[This page was last updated on 5 October 2009]

What's new?

6 October 2009

The Lord Chief Justice handed down amendment number 23 of the Consolidated Criminal Practice Direction on 6 October 2009. The amendment introduced four new forms:

Part 22 (Disclosure)
(a) Defence statement, for use in connection with rule 22.4;
(b) Defendantís application for prosecution disclosure, for use in connection with rule 22.5;

Part 27 (Witness statements)
(c) Statement of witness, for use in connection with rule 27.2;

Part 62 (Contempt of court)
(d) Application to punish for contempt of court for breach of Crown Court order, etc.


5 October 2009

The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee has made new rules which come into force on 5 October 2009. The statutory instrument containing these is 'The Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2009'. This is the eighth amendment of The Criminal Procedure Rules 2005.

The rule changes come into force on 5 October 2009. A full description is in the Notes to Accompany this update.

For more information, see the announcement on the changes to the Criminal Procedure Rules.

 


 

May 2009

New Criminal Practice Directions in force about Victim Personal Statements and about pleas of guilty in the Crown Court.

On 14 May 2009, the Lord Chief Justice handed down amendments which change the Criminal Practice Direction at paragraphs III.28 and IV.45.

Part III of the Practice Direction sets out 'Further Directions Applying in Magistrates' Courts and the Crown Court'. The Lord Chief Justice amended paragraph III.28 to draw renewed attention to the Victim Personal Statement scheme. The scheme started on 1 October 2001, to give victims a more formal opportunity to say how a crime has affected them. The new paragraphs replace the previous version.

Part IV sets out 'Further Directions Applying in the Crown Court'. The Lord Chief Justice replaced paragraph IV.45 with a new direction, titled 'Pleas of Guilty in the Crown Court', about the procedure to be followed when a defendant wants to put forward a plea of guilty. This removes the existing paragraphs, 'Discussions about sentence'.

New forms

The Lord Chief Justice also handed down new forms for use in connection with The Criminal Procedure Rules 2005. They are:

Part 19 Bail in magistrates’ courts and the Crown Court
Notice of application relating to bail (for use in connection with rules 19.1 and 19.18) (PDF - opens new window)

Part 37 Trial and sentence in a magistrates' court
Rule 37.8: This is a summons and notice of plea, which is issued by magistrates' courts and so is not published here.
Statutory Declaration (rule 37.11) (PDF - opens new window)

Part 68 Appeal to the Court of Appeal about conviction or sentence
Notice and Grounds of Appeal, or Application for Permission to Appeal, to the Court of Appeal Criminal Division about a Serious Crime Prevention Order (rule 68.1) (PDF - opens new window)

Respondent’s Notice and Grounds of Opposition to an Appeal in relation to a Serious Crime Prevention Order (rule 68.6) (PDF - opens new window)

Part 74 Appeal or reference to the House of Lords
Notice of Application for Permission to Appeal to the House of Lords (or to the United Kingdom Supreme Court from October 2009) (Part 74) (PDF - opens new window)

 


 

Notes about previous amendments