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Criminal Defence

Good Practice in the Criminal Courts, 4th Edition
Roger Ede and Anthony Edwards
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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.

This book is a best practice guide to being a criminal solicitor and complements the goals of the Law Society's Criminal Law Accreditation Scheme.


A really practical, helpful and comprehensive guide to good practice in the Criminal courts.

Bill Waddington, Chair of CLSA, December 2017

"...this is the book that you can have in your office and your bag to check anything that comes up, whenever or wherever you are."

Daniel Bunting, UK Criminal Law Blog


1. The defence solicitor  2. Legal and professional duties  3. Obtaining core information for the file  4. Maintaining file quality  5. Managing the case  6. Shaping the case in the police 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: plea of guilty or conviction  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  Appendices. 

About the Author

Roger Ede was formerly the secretary to the Law Society's Criminal Committee and is now a District Judge (magistrates' courts) in Sussex. 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.

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July 2017


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424 Pages