A Practical Approach to Criminal Procedure

A Practical Approach to Criminal Procedure

by John Sprack


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A Practical Approach to Criminal Procedure by John Sprack

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 defense 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 in detail, 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 behavior orders and youth rehabilitation orders. Changes to 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 for those new to the law, where the expert overview and clear layout promote ease of understanding.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198757337
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Pages: 648
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

John Sprack, Barrister; formerly Reader, Inns of Court Law School

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 and now provides Continuous Professional Development courses for practising lawyers in Advocacy and Employment Law. He was an Employment Judge for 15 years.

Table of Contents

1. Setting the Scene
2. The Role of the Criminal Procedure Roles
3. Preliminaries to Court Appearance
4. Prosecutors
5. The Decision to Prosecute
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
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
22. Procedure Before Sentencing
23. Determining the Sentence
24. Custodial Sentences
25. Sentences other than Custody
26. Appeals from the Crown Court
27. Appeals from the Magistrates' Courts
28. Ancillary Financial Matters
29. Your Practice
1. Extracts from the Criminal Practice Directions and Allocation Guideline
2. Trial Procedure in Outline

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