Revealed: Grayling’s plan to drive a wedge between bar and solicitors – Law Society’s Gazette

“Justice secretary Chris Grayling has sought to drive a wedge between solicitors and barristers over the drastic plans to cut criminal legal aid and restructure the market, the Gazette has learned.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 25th April 2013


15 trials and 42 court hearings adjourned as barristers boycott crown courts in protest at plans to slash legal aid bill – The Independent

Posted April 23rd, 2013 in barristers, Crown Court, demonstrations, industrial action, legal aid, news by sally

“More than 400 barristers boycotted crown courts in northern England today in what was described as the first militant action against Government plans to slash the criminal legal aid bill by millions.”

Full story

The Independent, 22nd April 2013


Regina v Bateman; Regina v Doyle: [2012] EWCA Crim 2158; [2012] WLR (D) 355 – WLR Daily

Posted November 30th, 2012 in committals, Crown Court, law reports, magistrates, sentencing by tracey

Regina v Bateman; Regina v Doyle: [2012] EWCA Crim 2158;   [2012] WLR (D)  355

“Where an offender was committed to the Crown Court by the magistrates’ court under paragraph 11(2)(a) of Schedule 12 to the Criminal Justice Act 2003 to be dealt with in respect of the commission of an offence committed during the operational period of a suspended sentence imposed by the Crown Court, the Crown Court’s sentencing powers in relation to other offences in respect of which the offender was committed under section 6(2) of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 were limited by section 7(1) of the 2000 Act to those of the magistrates’ court.”

WLR Daily, 27th November 2012


R v Varma – WLR Daily

R v Varma [2012] UKSC 42; [2012] WLR (D) 270

“The Crown Court had the power and, in most cases, where the criteria in section 6 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 were satisfied, the duty to make a confiscation order against a defendant following conviction for an offence in respect of which the defendant had received an absolute or a conditional discharge.”

WLR Daily, 10th October 2012


Chancery Lane warns against move to limit jury trial – Law Sociey’s Gazette

Posted January 18th, 2012 in budgets, Crown Court, juries, jurisdiction, news, trials by sally

“The Law Society president has defended the right to jury trial following reports that the government is considering removing some offences from the jurisdiction of the Crown court.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th January 2012


Prosecutors to be able to challenge bail decisions – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 12th, 2012 in appeals, bail, Crown Court, news by sally

“Prosecutors will be able to challenge crown court decisions to release suspected serious offenders out on bail after David Cameron announced a change in the law yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th January 2012


Crown Court Sentencing Survey – first results published – Sentencing Council

Posted October 18th, 2011 in Crown Court, news, reports, sentencing, statistics by sally

“The Sentencing Council has published a report with results from the Crown Court Sentencing Survey, an ongoing data collection exercise of sentencing decisions made in the Crown Court that is required for the Council to comply with the terms of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.

The report presents the findings of the first six months of the survey. It can be accessed here.”

Sentencing Council, 18th October 2011


Magistrates were told to send rioters to crown court, emails show – The Guardian

Posted September 14th, 2011 in Crown Court, magistrates, news, sentencing, violent disorder by tracey

“Magistrates were urged to abandon sentencing guidelines when dealing with rioters last month because ‘nothing like this was envisaged’, according to court documents released to the Guardian. The text of two controversial emails circulated to justices’ clerks immediately after August’s disturbances raises questions about judicial independence and the use of blanket guidance irrespective of individual cases. One human rights group described the emails as ‘disturbing’.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th September 2011


Riot jail sentences in crown courts up to three times longer than average – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2011 in Crown Court, news, sentencing, violent disorder by sally

“Rioters sentenced in crown courts have received jail terms that are much more severe than usual, replicating the punitive response by magistrates, the Guardian can reveal.”

Full story

The Guardian, 5th September 2011


Modular courts piloted to meet soaring workloads – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 4th, 2011 in Crown Court, news, pilot schemes by sally

“Temporary courtrooms are being used to extend a busy crown court and help it to meet its increased workload.”

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Ministry of Justice, 3rd February 2011


Most child offenders should not face court, says report – BBC News

Posted January 5th, 2011 in children, criminal justice, Crown Court, news by sally

“The government is being urged to end Crown Court trials for children in England and Wales.”

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BBC News, 5th January 2011


More Crown Court trials without jury may go ahead – BBC News

Posted May 6th, 2010 in Crown Court, news, trial without jury by sally

“Two more crown court trials without a jury may be held, just over a month after the first juryless trial for centuries, the BBC has learned.”

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BBC News, 5th May 2010


Crown Court defendants to be means tested – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 12th, 2010 in costs, Crown Court, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news by sally

“Five Crown Courts will today be the first in England and Wales to introduce a new scheme that will ensure people convicted of a crime contribute to their defence costs, where they have the means to do so.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 11th January 2010


Regina v IB – WLR Daily

Posted December 10th, 2009 in competition, Crown Court, EC law, jurisdiction, law reports, price fixing by sally

Regina v IB  [2009] EWCA Crim 2575; [2009] WLR (D) 357

“A ‘cartel offence’ under s 188 of the Enterprise Act 2002 was not a ‘national competition law’ within the meaning of Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2003, so that a Crown Court had jurisdiction to try a prosecution for such an offence although it was not a competition authority designated under art 35 of that Regulation.”

WLR Daily, 10th December 2009


Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Developments in Crown Court Advocacy – Speech by Lord Judge, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

Posted October 13th, 2009 in advocacy, Crown Court, speeches by sally

Developments in Crown Court Advocacy (PDF)

Speech by Lord Judge, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

The Kalisher Lecture 2009, 6th October 2009


The instruction of prosecution advocates in the Crown Court and payment of counsel by the CPS – HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate

“Inspectors assessed internal and external prosecuting advocates in the Crown Court. Two-thirds were fully competent, including some very good. A quarter of advocates were lacklustre. Only 7.9% were less than competent, including some very poor.”

Full press release

HMcpsi, 16th July 2009


First trial without jury approved – BBC News

Posted June 18th, 2009 in Crown Court, juries, news, robbery, trial without jury by sally

“The Court of Appeal has ruled that a criminal trial can take place in front of a judge without a jury for the first time in England and Wales.”

Full story

BBC News, 18th June 2009


Practice Direction (Criminal Proceedings: Victim Personal Statements; Pleas of Guilty in the Crown Court; Forms) – Times Law Reports

Posted May 19th, 2009 in criminal procedure, Crown Court, practice directions, victims by sally

Practice Direction (Criminal proceedings: Victim personal statements; Pleas of guilty in the crown court; forms)

“Amended provisions concerning the practice in criminal proceedings in relation to victim personal statements, pleas of guilty in the crown court and forms would come into force with immediate effect.”

The Times, May 19th 2009


Why the courts are at breaking point – The Times

Posted March 18th, 2009 in Crown Court, delay, news by sally

“The Crown Court in England and Wales is at ‘breaking point’ after a 5 per cent rise in cases to 136,000 a year, an independent watchdog has found.”

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The Times, 17th March 2009


Consultations launched on payment of Crown Court defence costs – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 6th, 2008 in costs, Crown Court, legal aid, news by sally

“Those found guilty of criminal offences may have to pay towards the cost of their defence the government announced today as it published two consultation papers.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 6th November 2008