A 10.3% VAT charge will be added to this product at the checkout as it includes a CD-ROM.Magistrates’ Courts Criminal Practice
combines authority and practicality, providing step-by-step advice on a vast array of court procedures from cautions and commencements through to appeals, including a thorough treatment of the law and practice of evidence as it relates to the magistrates’ courts.
In addition to the authors’ commentary, there is a comprehensive selection of up-to-date statutes, statutory instruments, rules, practice directions and other materials.
Uniquely, there is a section setting out the elements of over 150 offences, providing the statutory definitions and relevant case-law, and over 100 procedural guides provide a step-by-step summary of the main procedures supported by references to the legislative framework and case-law. Magistrates’ Courts Criminal Practice 2014 includes:
Updated Procedural Guides
Consolidated Statutory Materials and Latest Procedural Rules
- 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
- Full text of the Criminal Procedure Rules 2013 and the new Criminal Procedure Directions, as well as updates to all statutory materials
- Full text of Sentencing Council Guidelines and relevant parts of the Youth Court Bench Book (2013)
Magistrates’ Courts Criminal Practice
- 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)
is written by a team of advocates and court officials, making this a work by practitioners for practitioners.
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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: Criminal Procedure Rules and Practice Directions
Part VI: Codes of Practice and Guidelines
Previous Edition Reviews
"acquiring a copy of this reliable and concise work of reference would almost without a doubt make the daily toils and tribulations of your practice a little easier. This completely updated guide from Jordans covers to the full spectrum of situations, challenges and problems you're likely to encounter on a day to day basis ... forever topical ... logically laid out ... this is a useful, thorough and eminently readable work of reference which offers... a range of extensive research resources, inculding tables of statutes, cases and statutory instruments, plus tables of practice directions, abbreviations and PACE practice directions."
Click here for the full review Phillip Taylor MBE
and Elizabeth Taylor, Richmond Green Chambers
"The Key word here is 'clarity' - ever a necessary but too often a rare attribute when it comes to legal texts - but evident in abundance in this comprehensive and authoritative volume recently published by Jordans." Phillip Taylor MBE
and Elizabeth Taylor, Richmond Green Chambers "For clarity, ease of reference and razor sharp analysis, this book is essential for any criminal practitioner" John Cooper, Criminal Law & Justice Weekly
"A book compiled by practitioners for practitioners. In providing clear procedural guides, backed up by statutory and case law references, and outlines of the elements of common offences (not to mention available defences), it allows advocates, Assistant Justices' Clerks and others whose work takes them into magistrates' courts to quickly check the essential legal features surrounding the case before the court with the minimum of effort. This is a book that succeeds in simplifying often complex issues, contributing to the drive for speedy justice, and it will prove an invaluable companion on the often tortuous road to understanding." Chris Armstrong, President Of The Justices' Clerks' Society And Clerk To the Justices In Cumbria
"thorough and well-presented, covering all the substantial areas of criminal work ...very readable" Solicitors Journal
"a sound investment" New Law Journal
"an excellent navigational aid ... for practice and procedure ... an essentail work of reference for all practitioners who routinely deal with cases in the magistrates' courts"
Phillip Taylor MBE
and Elizabeth Taylor, Richmond Green Chambers
Changes in our substantive law and changes in our procedure are the hallmark of this first decade of this new century. The Magistrates Courts are at the very heart of these changes. So far the changes have made the law more complex rather than simpler, but at last attention is being given to the problems that arise from making what should be a summary procedure so complex.
The Magistrates Courts must be able to ensure that the cases that come before them are dealt with as speedily as possible as is consistent with the interests of justice. This can be achieved through firm application by the court of the procedural code that is now in effect. A first hearing should, save in unusual circumstances be the occasion for a plea, and in the event of the case proceeding to trial, the next hearing should be the trial.
This objective can be attained by the application of the principles of case management. One of the most important principles involves first identifying the issues relevant to the offence with which the defendant is charged and which have to be proved and then ensuring there is clarity about those that are agreed and those that are disputed. The future conduct of the case can then be carried out in a speedier, more focussed and economical manner.
A clear understanding of the procedural code and of the myriad of statutory provisions is a necessary part of the realisation of this objective. It is not possible otherwise to deal swiftly and firmly with points that might at first sight have some semblance of technical legalism, but which on analysis, are in fact without merit.
I therefore welcome a textbook that sets out with clarity the main areas of practice and procedure of the criminal jurisdiction of the Magistrates Courts. In applying any of these provisions, it is always wise to bear in mind the overriding objective set out in the Criminal Procedure Rules “that criminal cases be dealt with justly”.
Lord Justice Thomas,
Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales
General Editor: Alessandro Roveri
Deputy Justices' Clerk, East and West Dorset and North and East Devon Magistrates' Court
Contributors: Juan Batchelor Solicitor, Senior Legal Adviser, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service, Wiltshire
Richard Bennett Barrister, Deputy Clerk to the Justices, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service, Devon and Cornwall
David Chidgey Barrister, Albion Chambers
Matthew Donkin Barrister, Zenith Chambers
Anesh Pema Barrister, Zenith Chambers
Christopher Rose Barrister, New Park Court Chambers
Richard Ward LLB Solicitor, Emeritus Professor of Public Law, De Montfort University
Nicholas Wattam LLB Solicitor, Deputy Clerk to the Justices, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service, Thames Valley; Deputy District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts)
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