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Magistrates' Courts Criminal Practice 2014

Edited by: Alessandro Roveri

ISBN13: 9781846619113
Previous Edition ISBN: 9781846616334
Published: February 2014
Publisher: LexisNexis Butterworths
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

Magistrates’ Courts Criminal Practice 2014 provides, in one volume, a complete reference work for advocates and officials in the magistrates’ courts.

Designed to combine authority with practicality, this major work provides step-by-step advice on a vast array of court procedures following the normal progression of a case, from cautions and commencement of proceedings right through to appeals, including a thorough treatment of the law and practice of evidence as it relates to cases in the magistrates’ courts.

Magistrates’ Courts Criminal Practice 2014 includes:

Updated Procedural Guides

  • Legal advice and representation – amended in light of the Legal Aid Agency created by Part 1 LASPO
  • Indication of Plea, etc. – guidance on new ‘Initial Details’ (previously ‘Advance Information’)
  • Youth Court – extensive amendments to include additional notes on scenarios where youth and adult are jointly charged with offences
  • Evidence – significant new guidance on hearsay evidence and bad character
  • Enforcement – amended in the light of changes to reparation orders
Consolidated Statutory Materials and Latest Procedural Rules

  • Full text of the Criminal Procedure Rules 2013 and the new Criminal Procedure Directions, as well as updates to all statutory materials
Sentencing Guidance

  • Full text of Sentencing Council Guidelines and relevant parts of the Youth Court Bench Book (2013)

  • All significant case-law developments, including: R v Tahery (hearsay evidence); R v Lodge, R v Dossett and R v Thompson (bad character); R (Purnell) (financial penalties); DPP v Fell (missing evidence); and R (Allan) v Croydon (anti-social behaviour orders)

Criminal Law, Courts and Procedure
Part I: Procedural Guides
Deals with the procedure of the court in 18 major sections, ranging from commencement of proceedings to sentencing and enforcement. The law and practice under each heading is explained through commentary and over 100 procedural guides. Relevant forms are also included

Part II: Elements of the Offence
A comprehensive and easy-to-use reference guide to over 150 of the main offences

Part III: Statutes
All relevant statutes are reproduced, in amended form, and annotated by the expert team of editors

Part IV: Statutory Instruments
All relevant SIs appear in amended form, annotated by the expert team of editors

Part V: Practice Directions

Part VI: Codes of Practice and Guidelines