LORD CHIEF JUSTICE’S DIRECTIONS
Distribution of Crown Court Business and Places of Sitting of the Crown Court
Issued by the Lord Chief Justice’s Office
LORD CHIEF JUSTICE’S DIRECTION GIVEN IN ACCORDANCE
WITH SECTION 47(2) and (3) OF THE JUDICATURE (NORTHERN IRELAND) ACT 1978
DISTRIBUTION OF CROWN COURT BUSINESS AND PLACES OF SITTING OF THE CROWN COURT
1. This direction shall come into operation on 16 February 2011.
COMMITTALS FOR TRIAL
2. Subject to section 4 (1) of the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007 and without prejudice to the provisions of section 48(1) (a) and (b) of the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978, a magistrates’ court shall commit a person for trial to the next sitting of the Crown Court at a place within the county court division in which that magistrates’ court is sitting.
CLASSIFICATION OF OFFENCES
3. For the purposes of trial in the Crown Court, offences are to be classified as follows:-
Class 1: The following offences are to be tried by a judge of the
High Court -
(1) Treason, misprision of treason and any other offence under the Treason Felony Act 1848
(5) Corrupt practices within the meaning of the Representation of the People Act 1949 or the Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962
(6) An offence under the Official Secrets Acts 1911 to 1989
(7) An offence under the Geneva Convention Act 1957, section 1
(8) An offence under the Biological Weapons Act 1974, section 1
(11) Aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring the commission of any of the above offences.
Class 2: The following offences are to be tried by a judge of the High Court, unless in a particular case the Lord Chief Justice directs the offences to be tried by a County Court judge –
Attempting, inciting or conspiring to commit any of the offences in Class 1.
3: The following offence is
to be tried by a County Court judge included in Schedule 1 to these directions
or, subject to any special directions by the Lord Chief Justice in a particular
case, by a judge of the High Court -
Class 4: All other offences which, subject to any special directions by the Lord Chief Justice in a particular case, may be tried by any judge of the Crown Court.
4. The Lord Chancellor’s directions on the distribution of Crown Court business and places of sitting of the Crown Court dated 24 May 1990 and contained in Northern Ireland Court Business issue number 4/90 is hereby revoked.
The Right Honourable Sir Declan Morgan
Lord Chief Justice
16 February 2011
List of County Court Judges Eligible to Try Rape Cases
His Honour Judge Smyth QC
His Honour Judge Rodgers
His Honour Judge McFarland
Her Honour Judge Kennedy
His Honour Judge Finnegan QC
His Honour Judge Marrinan
His Honour Judge Lynch QC
Her Honour Judge Loughran
Her Honour Judge McReynolds
His Honour Judge Babington
His Honour Judge Grant, Recorder of Londonderry
His Honour Judge Miller QC
Her Honour Judge Smyth