The CPR and the Criminal Practice Directions

Highlighting the importance of knowing some of the more common Criminal Procedure Rules

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Course Overview

This course will explore the important parts of the consolidated document that must be read and understood by all criminal practitioners, regardless of whether you are advising clients in the office or whilst an advocate at Court.

Designed to spark an interest in what is a rather dry document, this bite-size session will:

  •  Will look at the Rule concerning the commencement of proceedings in a Magistrates’ Court
  •  Provide an insight into the Rule regarding the structure of a criminal trial
  •  Considers some important case management issues
  •  Ensure that practitioners are aware that the consolidated document should be consulted as and when a proposed application is to be made

Aimed at practitioners who want to seriously increase their knowledge and effectiveness as an advocate, this session will highlight the duties upon the legal adviser at the commencement of a criminal trial.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar, review the supporting documentation and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge
  • This course provides 0.5 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of the course you will:
  • • Have a more practical understanding of how the consolidated document actually works and the circumstances in which a knowledge of these Rules will assist you in your case generally
  • • Know how the Rules apply regarding the service of documents
  • • Appreciate the importance of Rule 45 – Costs
  • • Understand the differences between – IDPC, evidence and disclosure of unused material
  • • Feel more confident generally

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for accredited police station represenatives, trainee and qualified criminal practitioners


About Instructor - Colin Beaumont

Colin Beaumont graduated in law in 1981 and qualified as a Barrister in 1982. He worked for many years in the Magistrates’ Court service until 1996 when he re-qualified as a Solicitor and joined a large criminal legal aid practice. He became a partner with the firm. He retired as a solicitor in 2016 and has returned to his Inn of Court at The Inner Temple. Colin has been teaching the profession for the last 25 years and continues to do so.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Slides
    7 Page


  • Quiz