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Archbold: Criminal Pleading, Evidence and Practice 2020
Archbold: Criminal Pleading, Evidence and Practice 2020
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Practice Area:  Criminal Law
ISBN:  9780414073999
Published by:  Sweet & Maxwell
Publication Date:  10 Oct 2019
Subscription Information:  Non-Subscribable Product
Format:  Hardback, Paperback
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The 2020 edition of Archbold: Criminal Pleading, Evidence & Practice will publish in October in print and eBook formats.

Following the review of court books carried out this year by the Ministry of Justice, it has formally announced the reversal of the 2016 decision regarding criminal law court books. Judges will now be able to choose a copy of Archbold for their courtroom. The reversal of this decision has been communicated to all judges in England and Wales.

The price of Archbold continues to be frozen at £395, with no increase on last year’s price. This price is the same for both print or eBook formats and includes all updating supplements.

Archbold continues to expand and strengthen its expert author team: we welcome Lord Justice Haddon-Cave and Her Honour Judge Angela Rafferty upon her appointment to the Central Criminal Court to the Board, and Stephen Gentle, Partner, Simmons & Simmons, to the writing team.

Following the 2016 decision, the Archbold team worked tirelessly to produce a revised and improved text, based on in-depth feedback received from its readership. Content was rewritten and restructured and layout improvements implemented. The 2020 edition continues this work with significant revisions to Chapter 1 (specifically on Deferred Prosecution Agreements), Chapter 5B (Confiscation), Chapter 13 (specifically Rehabilitation of Offenders), Chapter 20 (Sexual Offences) and Chapter 25 (specifically the section on Terrorism).

We have also taken the opportunity to relocate various sections and alter the titles of some chapters to make navigation of the content more logical: these include Chapter 1 (now titled Commencement of Proceedings; The Indictment), Chapter 15 (sections of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 relocated from Chapter 25), Chapter 19 (Offences Against the Person – relocation of various Miscellaneous Offences), Chapter 25 (including an update to the title and relocation of Revenue & Customs Offences to Chapter 30), Chapter 30 (the title has been updated to Business, Revenue & Customs Offences and now includes the sections on Revenue & Customs from Chapter 25 and Bribery & Corruption from Chapter 31).

In addition, legislative text and amendment notes have been updated prospectively with proposed ‘Brexit’ statutory instrument amendments. As ever, all chapters have been carefully and comprehensively updated and further house style changes have been made to ensure that the text of Archbold is comparatively modern.


  • Commencement of Proceedings; The Indictment
  • The Criminal Jurisdiction of the Crown Court
  • Bail, Appearance of Accused for Trial, Presence During Trial
  • Trial
  • Sentences and Orders On Conviction
  • Confiscation under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
  • Costs and Legal Aid
  • Criminal Appeal
  • Oral Testimony of Witnesses
  • Documentary and Real Evidence
  • Miscellaneous Sources of Evidence
  • Hearsay Evidence
  • Privilege, Public Interest Immunity and Disclosure
  • Evidence of Bad Character
  • Evidence of Identification
  • Investigatory Powers; Confessions; Discretion to Exclude Evidence, etc.
  • Human Rights
  • The Mental Element in Crime
  • Principals and Secondary Parties
  • Offences Against the Person
  • Sexual Offences
  • Offences under the Theft and Fraud Acts
  • Forgery, Personation and Cheating
  • Criminal Damage and Kindred Offences
  • Firearms and Offensive Weapons
  • Terrorism and Other Offences Against the Crown and Government
  • Money Laundering Offences
  • Harmful or Dangerous Drugs
  • Offences against Public Justice
  • Public Order Offences
  • Business, Revenue and Customs Offences
  • Offences Against Public Morals and Policy
  • Motor Vehicle Offences
  • Conspiracy, Encouragement and Attempt to Commit Crime

The popular Sentencing Guidelines Supplement continues to include all new sentencing guidelines in print, even while the Sentencing Council moves to an online-only format: having the guidelines to hand in print has become even more valuable than ever. New guidelines include the definitive guideline on arson and criminal damage offences and the new overarching guideline for offences with no specific guideline. We have a

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