Beginning with an explanation of procedure prior to the accused appearing in court, this straightforward and practical guide works through the way in which prosecutions are commenced and the process around funding by the criminal defence service and bail. It then moves on to describe proceedings in the magistrates' court, including summary trial and committal for sentence, as well as the way in which the youth court operates. Finally, the process by which serious offences are sent direct to the Crown Court; trial on indictment; and sentencing and appeals are all examined in detail.
Fully updated to incorporate recent developments in the field, this new edition examines the impact of legislative developments, such as the repeal of the Criminal Courts Charge, changes to the funding system, and amendments to the Criminal Procedure Rules. Recent judicial initiatives and important new case law are also covered.
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.