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You know as well as we do how quickly the law changes, and so you can stay completely up to date with the latest developments via the Archbold eUpdate, a weekly email alert containing all the relevant updates in criminal law that impact Archbold, cross-referenced by paragraph to the mainwork. What's more, the content is archived online so you can access the latest information at anytime.



New Archbold Sentencing Guidelines Volume

In direct response to your feedback we are introducing a new sentencing supplement to the Archbold service that will include the Sentencing Guidelines in full, as they are published by the Sentencing Council.

The sentencing supplement also includes the relevant authorities and an abridged version of the Magistrates’ Court sentencing guideline. The original pagination from the guidelines will be retained in the paragraph numbering for easy reference.

Criminal Procedure Rules and Practice Directions

The 2017 edition will include a new treatment of the Criminal Procedure Rules that will be produced in the existing supplement directly alongside the Practice Directions.  Not only this, we have kept the Rules in the main work so that you can easily access them when in the relevant chapter.

New coverage in this edition includes:


  • Immigration Act 2016
  • Psychoactive Substances Act 2016


  • Criminal Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (S.I. 2016 No. 313)
  • Criminal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2016 (S.I. 2016 No. 120)
  • Criminal Procedure (Amendment) (No. 2) Rules 2016 (S.I. 2016 No. 705)
  • Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Code of Practice) Regulations 2016 (S.I. 2016 No. 823)
  • Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Commencement No. 4) Regulations 2016 (S.I. 2016 No. 243)
  • Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Commencement No. 5) Regulations 2016 (S.I. 2016 No. 740)
  • Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2016 (S.I. 2016 No. 244)
  • Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (Criminal Courts Charge) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I. 2015 No. 1970)
  • Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 (Commencement) Regulations 2016 (S.I. 2016 No. 553)
  • Serious Crime Act 2015 (Commencement No. 3) Regulations 2015 (S.I 2015 No. 1809)
  • Serious Crime Act 2015 (Commencement No. 5 and Transitional Provisions and Savings) Regulations 2016 (S.I. 2016 No. 148)


  • Criminal Practice Directions 2015
  • Criminal Practice Directions 2015 (Amendment No. 1)
  • Practice Direction (Costs in Criminal Proceedings) 2015
  • Practice Direction (Costs in Criminal Proceedings) 2015 (Amendment No. 1)


  • Code E on the audio recording of interviews with suspects


  • On allocation decisions as to mode of trial
  • On corporate manslaughter and certain offences under legislation relating to health and safety and food safety and hygiene
  • On offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991
  • On robbery
  • On theft offences


  • Adverse inferences from failure to give evidence; O’Donnell v. U.K.
  • Aggravated vehicle-taking; R. v. Taylor (Jack)
  • Appeal; inconsistent verdicts; R. v. Fanning; R. v. Kerner; R. v. Osianikovas; R. v. De Jesus
  • Appeal; Privy Council; Willers v. Joyce (No. 2)
  • Arrest powers; R. (B. and others (former soldiers)) v. Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland)
  • Bad character; “cut-throat” defence; R. v. Platt
  • Bad character; evidence having to do with the facts of the offence charged; R. v. Sullivan
  • Code for Crown Prosecutors; Armani Da Silva v. U.K.
  • Confiscation; assessment of benefit; R. v. Harvey (Jack)
  • Confiscation; benefit; property; R. v. Boyle Transport (Northern Ireland) Ltd
  • Contempt; publication of matter relating to proceedings in private; R. (Yam) v. Central Criminal Court
  • Deferred prosecution agreements; Serious Fraud Office v. Standard Bank plc (now known as ICBC Standard Bank plc)
  • Deportation offenders; F.V. (Italy) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department
  • Disclosure and abuse of process; large fraud trials; R. v. R.
  • Disqualification from driving; R. v Needham
  • Expert evidence; gangs; Myers v. The Queen; Cox v. Same; Brangman v. Same
  • Hearsay; general discretion to exclude; R. v. Drinkwater (Paul Alec)
  • Homicide; “householder” defence; R. (Collins) v. Secretary of State for Justice
  • Institution of proceedings; consents to prosecutions; R. v. Welsh (Christopher Mark) (Senior)
  • Knuckleduster; whether necessarily an offensive weapon per se; DPP v. Christof
  • Legal aid; change of provider; R. (Sanjari) v. Crown Court at Birmingham
  • Legal representation; right to have assistance of own choosing; Dvorski v. Croatia
  • Parties; accessorial liability; homicide; R. v. Jogee; Ruddock v. R.
  • Publicity; taking photographs in court; H.M. Solicitor General v. Cox
  • Reporting restrictions; proceedings in camera; Re Guardian News and Media Ltd
  • Search warrants; R. (Haralambous) v. Crown Court at St Albans and Hertfordshire Constabulary
  • Sentence; calculation of credit period; R. v. Marshall
  • Sentence; prevalence; R. v. Bondzie (Marco) (Practice Note)
  • Stop and search; R. (Roberts) v. Commr of Police of the Metropolis (Liberty intervening)
  • Terrorism; definition; R. (Miranda) v. Secretary of State for the Home Department
  • Terrorism; preparation of terrorist acts; R. v. Kahar; R. v. Ziamani; R. v. Eshati; R. v. Rashid; R. v. Ozcelik; R. v. Khan
  • Trespass with intent; R. v. Pacurar
  • Trial without a jury; jury tampering; R. v. McManaman