General matters A
A.1 The Lord Chief Justice has power, including power under section 74 of the Courts Act 2003 and Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, to give directions as to the practice and procedure of the criminal courts. The following directions are given accordingly.
A.2 These Practice Directions replace the Criminal Practice Directions given on 7th October, 2013  EWCA Crim 1631;  1 WLR 3164 as amended by the Directions given on (i) 10th December, 2013  EWCA Crim 2328;  1 WLR 35, (ii) 23rd July, 2014  EWCA Crim 1569;  1 WLR 3001, (iii) 18th March, 2015  EWCA Crim 430;  1 WLR 1643 and (iv) 16th July, 2015  EWCA Crim 1253;  1 WLR 3582.
A.3 Annexes D and E to the Consolidated Criminal Practice Direction of 8th July, 2002,  1 W.L.R. 2870;  2 Cr. App. R. 35, as amended, which set out forms for use in connection with the Criminal Procedure Rules, remain in force. See also paragraph I 5A of these Practice Directions.
A.4 These Practice Directions supplement many, but not all, Parts of the Criminal Procedure Rules, and include other directions about practice and procedure in the courts to which they apply. They are to be known as the Criminal Practice Directions 2015. They come into force on 5th October, 2015. They apply to all cases in all the criminal courts of England and Wales from that date.