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Archbold: Criminal Pleading, Evidence and Practice 2024

Archbold: Criminal Pleading, Evidence and Practice 2024
Mainwork & Supplements
Practice Area:  Criminal Law
ISBN:  9780414117945
Published by:  Sweet & Maxwell
Publication Date:  31 Oct 2023
Subscription Information:  Non-Subscribable Product
Format:  Hardback, Paperback
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The 2024 edition of Archbold: Criminal Pleading, Evidence & Practice, the leading criminal court book for the Crown Court, publishes in October 2023 in print and eBook formats.

First published over 200 years ago, Archbold 2024 continues the ethos of being an invaluable aid to practising criminal law in the Crown Court and being reliable, current and comprehensive. The new edition is as up-to-date and authoritative as ever with amendments made, in particular, by the Public Order Act 2023 and the National Security Act 2023. The Criminal Procedure Rules are up-to-date to 2nd October 2023 with the coming into force of the Criminal Procedure (Amendment No.2) Rules 2023 (SI 2023/786) and the Criminal Practice Directions 2023.

Significant case law decisions include, from the Supreme Court, Attorney General for Northern Ireland – Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) (Northern Ireland) Bill [2022] UKSC 32 (decision in DPP v Ziegler [2021] UKSC 23 confirmed; guidance as to the relevance of Arts. 9, 10 and 11 of the ECHR in relation to protest-related offences). Court of Appeal judgments include Ozger [2022] EWCA Crim 1238 (on the use of photographs and images in identification); Nguyen [2022] EWCA Crim 1444 (on the absence of legal representation during the Bar Action); Att.-Gen.’s Reference (No. 1 of 2022) [2022] EWCA Crim 1259 (on the relevance of Arts.9, 10 and 11 of the ECHR to protest related offences of criminal damage); and Ali [2023] EWCA Crim 232 (on the effect of prison overcrowding). The Criminal Procedure Rules are up-to-date to 2nd October 2023 with the coming into force of the Criminal Procedure (Amendment No.2) Rules 2023 (SI 2023/786).

The Archbold e-update will keep you fully informed on further changes on a weekly basis as they happen.

All legislation and case law has been fully revised and updated. A full list can be found at https://www.sweetandmaxwell.co.uk/archbold/whats-new.aspx


Responding to customer feedback, the Supplement has been restructured. The Criminal Procedure Rules 2020 and the Criminal Practice Directions 2023 are now included in a standalone section and reparagraphed to make them more accessible, and the remainder of the Appendices have been reordered logically. Similarly, the superseded Guidelines in the Sentencing Guidelines Supplement have been grouped together with explanatory background commentary.

We have again taken the opportunity to improve the book: a new chapter 17A on actus reus (titled Acts, Omissions and Circumstances) has been added before chapter 17B (the Mental Element in Crime) and a further reorganisation of material for Chapter 5B has been completed to assist all those engaged in confiscation proceedings.


We say a fond farewell to Tony Shaw KC, who retires after 35 years on Archbold, Riel Karmy-Jones KC and Stephen Gentle and welcome Camilla de Silva, Ben Douglas-Jones KC and Michael Goodwin KC. We congratulate Rosina Cottage KC on her appointment as a Circuit Judge, sitting at the Crown Court at Inner London.


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  • 1. Commencement of Proceedings; The Indictment
  • 2. The Criminal Jurisdiction of the Crown Court
  • 3. Bail, Appearance of Accused for Trial, Presence During Trial
  • 4. Trial
  • 5A. Sentences and Orders On Conviction
  • 5B. Confiscation under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
  • 6. Costs and Legal Aid
  • 7. Criminal Appeal
  • 8. Witnesses
  • 9. Miscellaneous and Documentary Evidence
  • 10. Opinion Evidence and Judicial Notice
  • 11. Hearsay Evidence
  • 12. Privilege, Public Interest Immunity and Disclosure
  • 13. Evidence of Bad Character & Rehabilitation of Offenders
  • 14. Evidence of Identification
  • 15A. Investigatory Powers
  • 15B. Confessions; Discretion to Exclude Evidence, etc.
  • 16. Human Rights
  • 17A. Acts, Omissions and Circumstances
  • 17B. The Mental Element in Crime
  • 18. Principals and Secondary Parties
  • 19. Offences Against the Person
  • 20. Sexual Offences
  • 21. Offences under the Theft and Fraud Acts
  • 22. Forgery, Personation and Cheating
  • 23. Criminal Damage and Kindred Offences
  • 24. Firearms and Offensive Weapons
  • 25. Terrorism and Other Offences Against the Crown and Government
  • 26. Money Laundering Offences
  • 27. Harmful or Dangerous Drugs
  • 28. Offences against Public Justice
  • 29. Public Order Offences
  • 30. Business, Revenue and Customs Offences
  • 31. Offences relating to Marriage, Public Nuisance, and Obscene or Indecent Publications
  • 32. Motor Vehicle Offences
  • 33. Conspiracy, Encouragement and Attempt to Commit Crime



The popular Sentencing Guidelines Supplement continues to include all new sentencing guidelines in print, as the Sentencing Council moves to an online-only format: having the guidelines to hand in print has become more valuable than ever. New guidelines include the new guideline for perverting the course of justice and revised definitive guidelines on child cruelty and motoring offences. Relevant authorities for the guidelines can be found in Part III of the sentencing supplement. A new Part II includes an index of superseded guidelines with short explanatory commentary.

The updated Criminal Procedure Rules 2020 and Criminal Practice Directions 2023 are published in a new standalone section as Appendix 1 of the Supplement. All Rules and Practice Directions are included – whether the topic is covered in the Main Work or not – to ensure that the Appendix offers a comprehensive resource to all practitioners. Rules and Practice Directions can also be found in the main work wherever they are relevant to a particular topic. The remainder of the Appendices have been reordered in a more logical manner.

The bookmark carries a quick guide to the CrimPR combined with Archbold cross-references plus a chapter table of contents.


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