The Criminal Procedure Rules govern the way criminal cases are managed, and set out the processes of the criminal courts.
We’re responsible for:
making new Criminal Procedure Rules
simplifying the existing rules
discussing our decisions with the most appropriate people before our decisions are finalised
Our priorities are to:
make the criminal justice system as accessible, fair and efficient as possible
ensure that the rules are simply worded and easy to understand
The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee consists of the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and 17 people appointed by the Lord Chief Justice and the Lord Chancellor under section 70 of the Courts Act 2003.
The Lord Chief Justice is The Rt Hon. Lord Burnett of Maldon. The other members of the Committee are:
Term of office ends on/to be reviewed by
The Rt Hon Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen's Bench Division (deputy chairman)