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Criminal Courts Practice Notes and Directions


Practice Notes are documents issued by the Lord Justice General in respect of the High Court of Justiciary and the Sheriff Court (criminal) (sometimes simply referred to as the "Criminal Courts". They inform practitioners of a practice the court is minded to take or inform practitioners of a practice the court expects them to take.

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Criminal Courts - Practice Note - Number 3 of 2016
Continuity of Representation
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High Court - Practice Note - Number 3 of 2005
Taking evidence of a vulnerable witness by a commissioner
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Criminal Courts - Practice Note - Number 2 of 2016
Dockets under section 288BA of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995
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Criminal Courts - Practice Note - Number 1 of 2016
Hearing of appeals against sentence through live television link
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Criminal Courts - Practice Note - Number 3 of 2015 - Appendix: Joint Written Record of State of Preparation Form (Word Version)
Sheriff Court Solemn Procedure
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Criminal Courts- Practice Note - Number 3 of 2015
Sheriff Court Solemn Procedure
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High Court - Practice Note - Number 1 of 2015
Reporting restrictions
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High Court - Practice Note - Number 1 of 2015 (this practice note is in fact the second practice note of 2015)
Appeals
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High Court - Practice Note - Number 2 of 2014
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High Court - Practice Note - Number 1 of 2011
Consideration of undisclosed information
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High Court - Direction - Number 1 of 2010
Presentation of conviction appeals in writing: authorities
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Criminal Courts - Practice Note - Number 1 of 2014
Reference to prior statements of witnesses
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High Court - Practice Note - Number 1 of 2013
High Court First Instance Business
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High Court - Practice Note - Number 2 of 2010
Amended grounds of appeal
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High Court - Practice Note - Number 3 of 2010
Appeals against Conviction and Sentence
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High Court - Practice Note - Number 2 of 2005
Child Witnesses: Discretionary Powers
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High Court - Practice Note - Number 2 of 2004
Form of opinions and neutral citation
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Criminal Courts - Practice Note - Number 1 of 2010
Digital recording of proceedings
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Criminal Courts - Practice Note - Number 1 of 2008
Recording of Sentencing Discount
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High Court - Practice Note - 1 of 2005
Preliminary Hearings
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High Court - Practice Note - Number 1 of 2004
Adjournment and postponement of trials in the High Court of Justiciary
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High Court - Practice Note - Number 1 of 2007
Anonymising opinions published on the internet
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High Court - Practice Note - Number 1 of 2012
Interim Liberation
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High Court - Practice Note - Number 2 of 2011
Procedural Hearings: written case and argument
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