"The Blackstone's Guide" series delivers concise and accessible books covering the latest legislative changes and amendments. Published within weeks of the Act, they offer expert commentary by leading names on the effects, extent and scope of the legislation, plus a full copy of the Act itself. They offer a cost-effective solution to key information needs and are the perfect companion for any practitioner needing to get up to speed with the latest changes. The new Criminal Procedure Rules 2005 govern all aspects of criminal procedure in all criminal courts. They consolidate all existing procedural rules with new provisions aimed at increasing efficiency and improving case management. The rules are designed to bring about a cultural change and all those involved in the criminal justice system are affected by the new regime. The author team is comprised of experts in the field with inside knowledge of the Criminal Procedure Rules - Duncan Atkinson and Tim Moloney have both been members of the Criminal Bar Association Working Party on the Criminal Procedure Rules since its inception in 2004, and HHJ Roderick Denyer is a member of the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee.
This guide provides a full, clear analysis of the new rules, and places them in the context of recent changes to the law, notably the Criminal Justice Act 2003. Its logical style, following the structure of the rules, and including checklists of time limits and key tasks to be performed, is an essential purchase for criminal practitioners, magistrates, and judges needing to get up to speed with the new procedural regime.
Table of Contents
1. The Background to the Criminal Procedure Rules: the Overriding Objective and Case Management by His Honour Judge Roderick Denyer QC; 2. Parts 1 and 2 - The Over-riding Objective and Applying the Rules; 3. Part 3 - Case Management; 4. Service, Forms, and Records; 5. Preliminary Proceedings in the Magistrates' Court; 6. Transfers to the Crown Court and Preliminary Crown Court Procedure; 7. Reporting Restrictions and Extradition; 8. Custody and Bail; 9. Disclosure; 10. Witnesses; 11. Restriction on Cross-Examination; 12. Hearsay Evidence; 13. Evidence of Bad Character; 14. Parts 37 and 38 - Summary Trial and Trial of Children and Young Persons; 15. Parts 39, 40 and 41 - Trial on Indictment, Tainted Acquittals, and Retrial Following Acquittal for a Serious Offence; 16. Parts 42 to 55 - Sentencing; 17. Confiscation; 18. Parts 63-75 - Appeals; 19. Parts 76 to 78 - Representation Orders and Costs; APPENDICES; Appendix A: The Criminal Procedure Rules 2005; Appendix B: The Consolidated Criminal Practice Direction; Appendix C: Control and Management of Heavy Fraud and Other Complex Criminal Cases: A Protocol Issued by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, 22 March 2005
Duncan Atkinson (1995 call) and Tim Moloney (1993 call) are both established criminal law barristers, practising from 6 King's Bench Walk and Tooks Chambers respectively. They have both been members of the Criminal Bar Association Working Party on the Criminal Procedure Rules since its inception in 2004. They are joined by HHJ Roderick Denyer who will act as Consultant Editor, and he sits at Cardiff Crown Court and is a member of the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee.