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Courts Act 2003

Criminal Procedure Rules and practice directions

Section 72: Process for making Criminal Procedure Rules

181.This section sets out the arrangements for the making of the criminal procedure rules.  It confirms that the Crim PRC should consult as appropriate and, unless it is inexpedient, meet, before it makes the rules. This is intended to encourage the full discussion of the difficulties with existing procedures and of the potential improvements.

182.The section also describes the power for the Lord Chancellor, with the agreement of the Secretary of State, to allow, alter or disallow any rules made by the Crim PRC and sets out the Parliamentary process for the rules.  The agreement of the Secretary of State is necessary as he bears responsibility for criminal policy, while the Lord Chancellor is responsible for the administration of the courts.

183.The section provides for the Lord Chancellor to consult the Crim PRC, before he alters any rules made by them.  This is necessary in order to ensure that there is clear understanding of the reasons for any alteration.  In addition where rules are altered, they would follow the affirmative resolution procedure in Parliament, enabling alterations to be debated.

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