Criminal justice

Criminal Procedure Rules 2020: solicitors' duties

This practice note sets out the duties and burdens affecting criminal solicitors arising from the Criminal Procedure Rules 2020 (CPR).

The Court of Appeal in R v K [2006] EWCA Crim 724 at paragraph 6, [2006] 2 All ER 552 (Note) has underlined the importance of the CPR, making it clear that the rules:

“impose duties and burdens on all the participants in a criminal trial, including the judge, and the preparation and conduct of criminal trials is dependent on, and subject to, these rules...”

The purpose of this practice note is to:

  • define the extent of these duties and burdens on your practice
  • identify and address the ethical problems that are likely to arise from their imposition

This practice note is the Law Society's view of good practice in this area, and is not legal advice. For more information see the legal status