This guidance is issued under Paragraph IV.33.7 of the Consolidated Practice Direction, by the Senior Presiding Judge and the Presiding Judges. It intended to provide guidance for Resident Judges and their listing officers about:
(a) cases which must be referred to a Presiding Judge for release; and
(b) cases which must be referred to the Resident Judge before being assigned to a Judge or Recorder to hear.
It is applicable to all Crown Courts, but its application at certain Crown Courts may be modified by the Presiding Judges, with the approval of the Senior Presiding Judge, through the provision of further specific guidance applicable to such Crown Courts as are identified in the further guidance.
Protocol: Deployment and allocation in criminal cases in class 1, 2 and 3
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