A Change of Heart on the CPR

Dan Bunting - A Life in the Bus Lane


So, how was it for you? Was it a new dawn? Did you feel the change? Did the earth move for you? Was everything more efficient? I’m referring, of course, to the 7th October 2013. There was celebration throughout the land – we had the twin pleasure of a new version of the CPR – Criminal Procedure Rules (see here for a guide to the main changes) coupled with a new Criminal Practice Direction. Riches galore.

When the CPR first came in they were met with a healthy dose of scepticism from pretty much all lawyers across the board. I was the outlier, the person who was in support, one of the few who was looking forward to a new regime where cases would be managed properly from start to finish. I was wrong.

It was said by the ‘powers that be’ that peoples’ views would change once…

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