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A statement from Lord Justice Hickinbottom (Chair, Judicial Library Committee)
Following a survey of all Resident Judges in 2016, the decision was taken centrally to provide Blackstone’s Criminal Practice in every Crown courtroom in England & Wales. Previously, each court centre determined whether to order and use Blackstone or Archbold. Judges continued to be able to access both works online and use their personal allowances to buy books of their choosing. At the time, it was made clear that this decision would be reviewed at a later date.
Over the last eighteen months the judiciary and the Judicial Library Service have worked closely with Oxford University Press and Thomson Reuters to provide input into the forthcoming editions of each of the works. I am now pleased to confirm that, as a result of discussions with OUP and Thomson Reuters, for the forthcoming legal year, every Crown courtroom will be provided with one copy of each book. This will enable us to conduct a meaningful review, which will inform the decision on which book will be provided from October 2019.
I encourage all criminal judges to consult and make use of both publications, whether online or in print, prior to the review which is expected to be undertaken in Spring 2019. The Judicial Library Committee will now begin work on how best to conduct the review, and further information on the content and format will be issued in due course.
NEW EDITOR AND EXPANDED EDITORIAL TEAM
We are pleased to announce His Honour Judge Mark Lucraft Q.C., the Chief Coroner of England and Wales, as the new General Editor of Archbold, supported by a new Judicial Board of nine judges. We have also expanded the author team with additional expert practitioners and offer an unrivalled writing team on criminal practice and procedure.
REVISED, RESTRUCTURED AND UPDATED CONTENT
Key chapters have been revised or restructured:
The popular Sentencing Guidelines supplement will publish again as part of the Archbold 2019 service. It is fully updated for 2019 and includes new guidelines on Terrorism Offences; Domestic Abuse; Bladed Articles and Offensive Weapons; Breach Offences; Intimidatory Offences; Manslaughter; and Child Cruelty.
The Criminal Procedure Rules 2015 and Criminal Practice Directions 2015 will once again be published in Appendix B of the Supplement. We have expanded the coverage so that all Rules and Practice Directions are included – whether the topic is covered in the Main Work or not – to ensure that the Appendix offers a comprehensive resource to all practitioners. Rules and Practice Directions can also be found in the main work wherever they are relevant to a particular topic.
As ever, the 2019 edition of Archbold will be fully up-to-date with the latest legislation, including the Data Protection Act 2018 and the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018. Amendments have been made by the commencement of provisions of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 and the Criminal Finances Act 2017 to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. In addition, amendments to the Criminal Procedure Rules 2015 (SI 2015/1490) and the Criminal Practice Directions 2015 are included, the highlight of which is the substitution of a new Part 22 (Evidence of a complainant’s previous sexual behaviour). Key cases covered include Ivey v. Genting Casinos (UK) Ltd (trading as Crockfords Club)  UKSC 67; DPP v. Patterson  EWHC 2820 (Admin); Re Loughlin  UKSC 63; R. (Haralambous) v. Crown Court at St Albans  UKSC 1; R. (Gibson) v. Secretary of State for Justice  UKSC 2; R. v. Grant-Murray  EWCA Crim 1228 (child witnesses, appeals and mandatory life sentences); R. v. Edwards  EWCA Crim 595 (orders under the Mental Health Act 1983); Loake v. CPS  EWHC 2855 (Admin) (insanity); R. v. Ray  EWCA Crim 1391 (householder defence); R. v. Rose  EWCA Crim 1168 (gross negligence manslaughter); and R. v. Parsons and Morgan  EWCA Crim 2163 (sexual harm prevention orders).
FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS BASED ON YOUR FEEDBACK
Building on the improvements to the layout made to the 2018 edition, and in response to your feedback, we have made further improvements to the accessibility and navigation of the 2019 edition including the introduction of thumb tabs.