Sir Brian was asked by the Lord Chief Justice to conduct a review to identify ways to streamline and modernise the process of criminal justice and reduce the total length of criminal proceedings.
The PQBD has published the final report of his Review of Efficiency in Criminal Proccedings.
About the review
The review examined, amongst other things, the extent to which better use could be made of technology – for example holding shorter hearings by telephone or web or video-based applications. It identified ways to reduce the number of pre-trial hearings that require the appearance in court of defendants in custody and advocates attending court.
The Review has made a substantial number of recommendations, all with a view to maximizing efficiency – including for changes to be made to the Criminal Procedure Rules, and working practices in the criminal courts.
Length of the Review
The Lord Chief Justice asked Sir Brian Leveson to conduct the Review in February 2014. The Terms of Reference were agreed in April 2014. The Review has concluded in January 2015.
It will be for the Lord Chief Justice and the Government to decide how to take forward the recommendations in the report.