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Crown Court Rules Committee Publication Scheme

This section explains what information is available to you, when and where you can access it and whether there is a charge for it.

Role of the Crown Court Rules Committee

The Crown Court Rules Committee is an executive statutory body, established under the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978 ("the 1978 Act"). The purpose of the Committee, under section 52 of the 1978 Act, is to make Crown Court Rules for the purpose of regulating and prescribing:

  1. the practice and procedure to be followed in the Crown Court; and
  2. the form and content of indictments.

The Crown Court Rules Committee, in order to make rules, must submit them to the Lord Chancellor for him to allow or disallow.

Section 53 of the 1978 Act sets out the statutory composition of the Crown Court Rules Committee and specifies who shall be Secretary to the Committee.


Publications regularly published by the Crown Court Rules Committee are available from the Legislation section of this website free of charge. The publications include:

The following information is available from the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI). Hard copies obtainable, for a charge, from the Stationery Office.

  • Crown Court Rules
  • Explanatory Memorandum (prepared for the House of Lords Select Committee on the Merits of Statutory Instruments)