The A Practical Approach series is the perfect partner for practice work. Each title focuses on one field of the law and provides a comprehensive overview of the subject together with clear, practical advice and tips on issues likely to arise in practice. The books are also an excellent resource for those new to the law, where the expert overview and clear layout promotes clarity and ease of understanding. Now in its thirteenth edition, A Practical Approach to Criminal Procedure provides a complete guide to the criminal process in England and Wales. It explains what happens before the accused appears in court, the way in which prosecutions are commenced, funding by the criminal defence service, and bail. It describes proceedings in the magistrates' court, including summary trial and committal for sentence, as well as the way in which the youth court operates. Committal and transfer for trial are clearly explained and the process by which serious offences are sent direct to the Crown Court is also studied. Trial on indictment is discussed in detail, as are sentencing and appeals.
This new edition has been updated to incorporate recent developments in the field of sentencing, including youth rehabilitation orders and a number of new Sentencing Guidelines. It also covers amendments to the Criminal Procedure Rules , and the Consolidated Criminal Practice Direction, and new statutory and case law such as changes introduced by the Coroners and Justice Act 2009. There is also increased coverage of "out of court disposals" such as cautions and fixed penalty notices, confiscation proceedings, and the changing rules in relation to funding defendants. Very much a practical guide, this title makes frequent use of examples, flowcharts, and tables, and is specifically designed to assist the busy professional and student. A Practical Approach to Criminal Procedure is an indispensable resource for those working in this field.
John Sprack practiced for a number of years as a barrister in the criminal courts. He taught Criminal Litigation at the Inns of Court School of Law (now City Law School) for 11 years, and was Director of its Bar Vocational Course and of the LLM in Criminal Litigation. He was one of the founding authors of Blackstone's Criminal Practice at its inception in 1991 and contributed to it for 17 years. He now provides Continuous Professional Development courses for practicing lawyers in Criminal Procedure; Sentencing and Evidence; Advocacy; and Employment Law.
THE CLIENT; PART 1: INTRODUCTION; 1. Setting the Scene; 2. The Role of the Criminal Procedure Rules; 3. Preliminaries to Court Appearance; 4. Prosecutors; 5. The Decision to Prosecute; PART 2: THE MAGISTRATES' COURT; 6. Magistrates and their Courts; 7. Bail and Remands; 8. Mode of Trial; 9. Disclosure; 10. Course of a Summary Trial; 11. Trial of Juveniles; 12. Committal for Sentence; 13. Sending Cases to the Crown Court; PART 3: TRIAL ON INDICTMENT; 14. The Crown Court; 15. The Indictment; 16. Pre-Trial Proceedings; 17. Pleas; 18. The Jury; 19. Judge-only Trials; 20. The Course of the Trial; 21. The Verdict; PART 4: SENTENCING; 22. Procedure before Sentencing; 23. Determining the Sentence; 24. Custodial Sentences; 25. Sentences other than Custody; PART 5: APPEALS AND ANCILLARY MATTERS; 26. Appeals from the Crown Court; 27. Appeals from the Magistrates' Court; 28. The European Dimension; 29. Ancillary Financial Matters; 30. Your Practice; APPENDICES; Appendix 1- National Mode of Trial Guidelines; Appendix 2- Sample Brief; Appendix 3- Trial Procedure in Outline