Judiciary Criminal Procedure Bench Book
The Criminal Procedure Bench Book is a quick reference for judges and magistrates presiding over criminal proceedings. While it has been designed by and for judges and magistrates, it is hoped that other players in the criminal justice system such as prosecutors, defence counsel, probation officers, children officers, police officers, accused persons and academics will find it useful.
This Bench Book provides guidance on statutes, judicial authorities, and policy directions that are relevant in different stages of criminal proceedings. It provides not only a quick reference but also guidance for locating relevant law. The Bench Book is not intended to replace reference to primary sources such as statutes, judicial authorities, and policy directions. To facilitate access to the primary sources, the electronic version of the Bench Book provides hyperlinks for the user to retrieve judicial authorities. In the print version, a List of Cases at the end gives the internet address for every case mentioned in the Bench Book which is available on the internet. The law is presented as at the time of publication and the Bench Book does not discuss what the law ought to be <…>