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Archbold Magistrates' Court Criminal Practice 2020
Archbold Magistrates' Court Criminal Practice 2020
16th edition
Practice Area:  Criminal Law
ISBN:  9780414071667
Published by:  Sweet & Maxwell
General Editor:Stephen Leake
Publication Date:  22 Aug 2019
Subscription Information:  Non-Subscribable Product
Format:  Hardback
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Archbold Magistrates’ Courts Criminal Practice is aimed at solicitors and key government institutions within the criminal justice sector. The work is designed to be an authoritative and comprehensive text dealing with practice, procedures, and law pertinent to the magistrates’ courts. It is essential to all those involved in making the system effective: practitioners prosecuting or defending, authorities, magistrates and those responsible for advising them in the administration of the courts. It is portable and usable as a stand-alone reference in magistrates’ court proceedings.

The forthcoming edition includes the following:
  • Brand new chapter on Civil Preventive Orders
  • A significantly revised chapter on Appeals providing detailed coverage of all levels of appeal from decisions of magistrates’ courts
  • New legislation, including the Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Act 2018, Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018, the Voyeurism (Offences) Act 2019, the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019, and the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Act 2019.
  • Latest Criminal Procedure Rules and Criminal Practice Directions
  • Sentencing Council Definitive Guideline on sentencing child cruelty
  • Eighth edition of the Code for Crown Prosecutors
  • New provisions in CPD VI Trial 24C about adjournments of trials in magistrates' courts
  • Consideration of the case of Valiati v DPP, which re-examines the admissibility of answers to questions in the Preparation for Effective Trial Form
  • Provisions in the Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2019 about “small unmanned vehicles” (drones)
  • Recent cases about criminal offences frequently encountered in magistrates’ and youth court practice, including Dixon v. CPS and Rawlins v. CPS (on assaults of constables in execution of duty), Pendlebury v DPP (on stalking) and R v Cheeseman (on householder self-defence).
Key features:
  • Extensive coverage of the criminal and quasi-criminal jurisdiction of magistrates' and youth courts
  • Encompasses preliminary matters, including criminal investigations, commencement of proceedings, bail, allocation and sending
  • Detailed coverage of summary trial procedure and practice, including pre-trial issues and preparation, the course of the trial, witnesses and the rules of evidence.
  • Detailed coverage of the sentencing powers of magistrates’ and youth courts
  • Practical guidance on substantive law, showing elements of offences, available defences and relevant sentencing considerations
  • Specific coverage of youth courts, with detailed guidance on jurisdiction, bail and sentencing
  • Practical guidance on powers and procedures in respect of mentally disordered defendants and offenders
  • Detailed coverage of the powers of magistrates’ and youth courts to make awards as to costs
  • Comprehensive and authoritative coverage of the enforcement of confiscation orders and the civil detention, freezing and forfeiture powers in the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
  • Full citation of statutory provisions and case law which can be cited in court
  • Contains updated sentencing council guidelines, criminal procedure rules and criminal practice directions for ease of reference
  • Ensures portability with a one-volume format, ideal for court use
Part I: Preliminaries. 
Chapter 1: Constitution and Jurisdiction; 
Chapter 2: Criminal Investigations; 
Chapter 3: The Prosecutor and Alternatives to Prosecution; 
Chapter 4: Commencement of Proceedings. 
Chapter 5: Bail. 
Chapter 6: Sending and Allocation; 

Part II: Summary Trial, 
Chapter 7: Pre-Trial Procedure; 
Chapter 7A: Service of Evidence and Disclosure; 
Chapter 8: Summary Trial. 
Chapter 9: Witnesses. 
Chapter 10: Evidence. 
Chapter 11: Challenging Decisions. 

Part III: Specific Offences. 
Chapter 12: General Principles. 
Chapter 13: Offences of Violence. 
Chapter 14: Sexual Offences. 
Chapter 15: Property Offences. 
Chapter 16: Public Order Offences. 
Chapter 17: Road Traffic Offences. 
Chapter 18: Offences Involving Drugs. 
Chapter 19: Revenue and Customs Offences. 
Chapter 20: Regulatory Offences. 
Chapter 21: Corruption and other Offences against Public Morals and Policy and Offences against Public Justice. 

Part IV: Sentencing. 
Chapter 22: General Principles of Sentencing. 
Chapter 23: Specific Sentences. 
Chapter 24: Exclusion, Alteration and Enforcement. 

Part V: Youth Courts. 
Chapter 25: Jurisdictional Issues. 
Chapter 26: Bail in the Youth Court. 
Chapter 27: Sentencing in the Youth Court. 

Part VI: Mentally Disordered Offenders. 
Chapter 28: Mentally Disordered Offenders. 

Part VII: Legal Aid and Costs. 
Chapter 29: Legal Representation. 
Chapter 30: Costs; 

Part VIII: Miscellaneous Jurisdiction. 
Chapter 31: Extradition; 
Chapter 32: Confiscation Orders, 
Chapter 33: Forfeiture of the Proceeds of Crime; 
Chapter 34: Civil Preventive Orders;

Appendix A: Pace Codes; 
Appendix B: Disclosure Code of Practice; 
Appendix C: Attorney General’s Guidelines; 
Appendix D: Judicial Protocol on the Disclosure of Unused Material in Criminal Cases; 
Appendix E: Guidance issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions; 
Appendix F: Criminal Practice Directions; 
Appendix G: Criminal Procedure Rules; 
Appendix H: Sentencing Council Allocation Guideline

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