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 new edition includes the following:
- Sentencing Code incorporated in new sentencing chapters designed to guide the reader through the sentencing framework so that key information can be found quickly
- New live link provisions introduced by the Coronavirus Act 2020
- Criminal Procedure Rules 2020 and latest amendments to the Criminal Practice Directions
- New Disclosure Code of Practice and Attorney General’s Guidelines on disclosure
- Enforcement of financial penalties dealt with in a single comprehensive chapter
- New chapters on bad character and hearsay
- New chapter dealing with exclusively with offensive weapons, bladed articles, corrosive substances and firearms
- Consideration of all new important cases.
- 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
- Comprehensive and authoritative coverage of preventive orders made on complaint or conviction such as domestic violence prevention orders, knife crime prevention orders, closure of premises orders
- Full citation of statutory provisions and case law which can be cited in court
- Ensures portability with a one-volume format, ideal for court use
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