Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.  These Rules shall be cited as the Crown Court (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2018 and shall come into operation on the twenty-first day after the date upon which this instrument is laid before Parliament.

2.  In these Rules “the principal Rules” means the Crown Court Rules (Northern Ireland) 1979(1), and a reference to a rule is a reference to that rule so numbered in the principal Rules.

Amendment to the Principal Rules

3.  In the principal Rules, after Rule 62B, insert the new Part VIIIA set out in the Schedule to these Rules.

Declan Morgan

Seamus Treacy

Brian Archer

Joseph O’Keefe

Martin Rodgers

Dated 18th August 2017

In exercise of the powers conferred upon me by section 53A of the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978, I allow these Rules.

David Gauke

Lord Chancellor

Ministry of Justice

Date 29th January 2018