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Criminal Defence


Criminal law

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28 July 2017

Law Society Publishing


234 x 156 mm
424 pages

Criminal Defence
Good Practice In The Criminal Courts, 4th edition

Roger Ede And Anthony Edwards


This new edition of Criminal Defence offers a step-by-step guide to practice and procedure in all of the criminal courts.

It covers the role of the defence solicitor in detail, from shaping a case at the police station, to preparing for trial and finally action after acquittal or conviction and sentence. It also contains specific chapters on youths and clients at a disadvantage.

Based on up-to-date case law, it is a best practice guide to being a criminal solicitor and complements the goals of the Law Society's Criminal Law Accreditation Scheme.


1. The defence solicitor;
2. Legal and professional duties;
3. Obtaining core information for the file;
4. Maintating file quantity;
5. Managing the case;
6. Shaping the case in the poilice station;
7. Funding the case;
8. The defendant in custody;
9. Advising your client to plead guilty or not guilty; and on likely sentences if convicted;
10. Choosing a place of trial;
11. Preparing for sentence;
12. Directions and case management for trial: special measures, bad character and hearsay;
13. Preparing for trial: analysing witness testimony and obtaining disclosure;
14. Preparing for trial: gathering evidence and analysing physical material;
15. Preparing for a Crown Court trial: process issues;
16. Youths;
17. clients at a disadvantage;
18. Action after acquittal or conviction and sentence;

About the Authors

Roger Ede was formerly the secretary to the Law Society's Criminal Committee and is now a District Judge (magistrates' courts) in Sussex. Roger is also co-author of Forensic Practice in Criminal Cases (Law Society, 2003).

Anthony Edwards is the senior partner in a leading criminal practice, TV Edwards, and is an established author, lecturer and trainer. He is a member of the Sentencing Guidelines Council. Anthony is also author of Fixed Fees in the Criminal Courts (Law Society, 2008).