A Practical Approach to Criminal Procedure

Paperback | December 26, 2015

byJohn Sprack

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Now in its fifteenth 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. The process by which serious offences are sent direct to the Crown Court is also examined. Trial on indictment is discussed indetail, as are sentencing and appeals. This new edition has been fully updated to incorporate recent developments in the field. In particular, attention is paid to changes to deferred prosecution agreements, alternations to life sentences and mandatory minimum sentence, criminal behaviour orders and youth rehabilitation orders. Changesto the Criminal Practice Directions and Criminal Procedure Rules are also discussed. The changes to the process of sending indictable and related cases to the Crown Court are examined, in the light of the abolition of committal proceedings.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. 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 forthose new to the law, where the expert overview and clear layout promote ease of understanding.

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Now in its fifteenth 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 mag...

John Sprack practised 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...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pagesPublished:December 26, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PART I: INTRODUCTION1. Setting the Scene2. The Role of the Criminal Procedure Roles3. Preliminaries to Court Appearance4. Prosecutors5. The Decision to ProsecutePART II: THE MAGISTRATES' COURT6. Magistrates and their Courts7. Bail and Remands8. Mode of Trial9. Disclosure10. Course of a Summary Trial11. Trial of Juveniles12. Committal for Sentence13. Sending Cases to the Crown CourtPART III: TRIAL ON INDICTMENT14. The Crown Court15. The Indictment16. Pre-Trial Proceedings17. Pleas18. The Jury19. Judge-Only Trials20. The Course of the Trial21. The VerdictPART IV: SENTENCING22. Procedure Before Sentencing23. Determining the Sentence24. Custodial Sentences25. Sentences other than CustodyPART V: APPEALS AND ANCILLARY MATTERS26. Appeals from the Crown Court27. Appeals from the Magistrates' Courts28. Ancillary Financial Matters29. Your PracticeAPPENDICES1. Extracts from the Criminal Practice Directions and Allocation Guideline2. Trial Procedure in Outline