Practice Direction (Costs in Criminal Proceedings) 2015 [2015] EWCA Crim 1568 consolidated with Amendment No.1 [2016] EWCA Crim 98

PART 1: GENERAL

1.1       Preamble

1.1.1 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.

1.1.2 This Practice Direction replaces the Practice Direction (Costs in Criminal Proceedings) given on 7th October, 2013 [2013] EWCA Crim 1632; [2013] 1 WLR 3255, as amended by the Practice Direction (Costs in Criminal Proceedings) Amendment No. 1 given on 23rd July, 2014 [2014] EWCA Crim 1570; [2014] 1 WLR 3037.

1.1.3 This Practice Direction has effect in magistrates’ courts, the Crown Court, the High Court and the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) where the court, in the exercise of its discretion, considers an award of costs in criminal proceedings or deals with criminal legal aid and recovery of defence costs orders. This Practice Direction is to be known as the Practice Direction (Costs in Criminal Proceedings) 2015. It comes into force on 5th October, 2015.

1.1.4 Consequent on the rearrangement of the Criminal Procedure Rules in the Criminal Procedure Rules 2015, S.I. 2015/1490, the text of this Practice Direction is amended to bring up to date the cross-references to the Criminal Procedure Rules and other legislation which that text contains. In all other respects, the content of this Practice Direction reproduces that of the Practice Direction (Costs in Criminal Proceedings) of 2013, as amended by the Practice Direction (Costs in Criminal Proceedings) Amendment No. 1 of 2014, which it supersedes.