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CPD 3: Complex Criminal Cases

  • November 25, 2022

This Criminal Practice Direction describes the process by which the Court will manage large or complex criminal cases that show a potential to occupy a very significant amount of court time or to risk delays in reaching and concluding the trial.

CRIM 13: Initial Appearance Court

  • July 18, 2022

Further to NP 28 Court Operations During Communicable Phase of COVID-19, the purpose of this Practice Direction is to set out some interim guidelines to govern initial appearance court (IAR) during this phase, while ensuring that people only come to IAR in-person when necessary.

CRIM 12 Criminal Pre-Trial Conferences

  • June 16, 2022

There are two main purposes behind these pre-trial conferences. The first is to reduce the number of files being set for trial by helping to ensure that only those requiring a trial are actually set for hearing. The second purpose is to manage those files that are to be set for trial to ensure that accurate time estimates have been determined prior to dates being set and ensure hearings complete on time as scheduled.