Blackstone's Criminal Practice 2021


Key points

  • Edited by David Ormerod QC (Hon) and David Perry QC
  • Your single point of reference for the criminal courts.
  • Professor David Ormerod QC (Hon) and David Perry QC lead a team of expert contributors.
  • Renowned for its ease of use with a clear, common-sense, structure and index to make the information you need instantly accessible.
  • Practical guidance on procedure and sentencing ensures the work is your essential companion through every stage of every trial.
  • The 2021 edition has been meticulously revised to provide extensive coverage of all new legislation, case law, Sentencing Guidelines, and Criminal Procedure Rules 2020 and Practice Directions. Practical guidance on procedure and sentencing ensures the work is your essential companion through every stage of every trial.

New to this edition

  • Legislative developments including the Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Act 2020, the Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) (England, Wales and Scotland) Regulations 2019 and the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Amendment) Regulations 2019.
  • Coverage of key cases in Part A; Criminal Law includes Barton on dishonesty; Varley on conspiracy to commit fraud; Campenau and Mohamadi on intoxication; Foy on diminished responsibility and the impact of alcohol and drugs; and Abdulrahman on whether a finding that Convention rights have been infringed means a conviction is unsafe.
  • The updates on offences include abuse of process in cases following the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and DPP v Barreto on the interpretation of "use of a mobile phone whilst driving".
  • The latest updates on Procedure include consideration of the availability of legal aid in contempt proceedings, treatment of costs for private prosecutions, and costs for representatives of defendants unfit to plead.
  • Updated case coverage in Part F; Evidence; includes Twigg on the admissibility of specimens obtained in breach of procedures under the RTA, and Nguyen on the evidential use that may be made of previous inconsistent statements.
  • The Criminal Procedure Rules 2020 (integrated with the Criminal Practice Directions 2015), and the Sentencing Guidelines, all with an updated paragraphing structure to reflect the primary instruments for ease of use and new cross-reference tables to make it easier to find Sentencing Guidelines for offences in the Crown Court and Magistrates' Courts.
  • Updates of the Sentencing Guidelines, including Public Order Offences and the Overarching principles: Sentencing offenders with mental disorders, developmental disorders, or neurological impairments, in force from 1 October 2020.
  • New expert contributors including HHJ Steven Everett (the Hon Recorder of Chester) HHJ Martin Edmunds QC (the Hon Recorder of Kensington), Professor Sally Kyd, Professor Alexander Mills, and Karl Laird.
  • Special Supplement providing coverage of the criminal justice approach to COVID-19.
  • Author Information

    Professor David Ormerod QC (Hon), Barrister, Bencher of Middle Temple, Professor of Criminal Justice, Queen Mary, University of London, and David Perry QC, Barrister, 6KBW College Hill

    Blackstone's Criminal Practice is written by a distinguished team of contributors, representing the accumulated experience of the academic world, the Bench, the Bar, and the solicitors' profession. The team is headed by Professor David Ormerod QC (Hon) and David Perry QC.

    General Editors

    Professor David Ormerod QC (Hon)
    David Perry QC

    Founding Editor

    HHJ Peter Murphy

    Consultant Editor

    HHJ John Phillips CBE

    Advisory Editorial Board

    The Rt Hon Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen's Bench Division
    The Honourable Mr Justice Globe
    HHJ Sally Cahill QC
    HHJ Martin Edmunds QC
    HHJ Richard Marks QC
    HHJ Jeffrey Pegden QC
    HHJ Heather Norton
    HHJ Michael Hopmeier
    HHJ Steven Everett
    HHJ Jonathan Cooper
    Michael Bowes QC, Outer Temple Chambers
    Alison Levitt QC
    Tim Owen QC, Matrix Chambers
    Robert Smith QC, 16 Park Place Chambers
    Adrian Waterman QC, KBW Chambers
    HH Eric Stockdale


    Paramjit Ahluwalia, Barrister, Lamb Building Chambers
    Duncan Atkinson QC, Barrister, 6KBW College Hill, Senior Prosecuting Counsel for the Crown at the Central Criminal Court
    Alex Bailin QC, Barrister, Matrix Chambers
    Diane Birch OBE, LLB, JC Smith Professor of Law, University of Nottingham
    Ed Cape, LLM, Solicitor, Professor of Criminal Law and Practice, University of the West of England, Bristol
    HHJ Johannah Cutts QC, Reading Crown Court
    Anand Doobay, Partner, Boutique Law LLP
    Anthony Edwards, Solicitor, TV Edwards LLP
    Rudi Fortson QC, Barrister, 25 Bedford Row; Visiting Professor of Law, Queen Mary University
    Daniel Godden, Partner, Berkeley Square Solicitors
    Katherine Hardcastle Barrister, 6KBW College Hill
    William Hays, Barrister, 6KBW College Hill
    Michael Hirst, LLB, LLM, Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice, Leicester De Montfort Law School
    Laura C. H. Hoyano, Associate Professor of Law, University of Oxford; Senior Research Fellow in Law, Wadham College; Fellow of Middle Temple; Barrister, Red Lion Chambers
    Peter Hungerford-Welch, LLB, FHEA, Barrister and Assistant Dean (Head of Professional Programmes), The City Law School, City, University of London
    Paul Jarvis, MA, Barrister, 6KBW College Hill
    Adrian Keane, LLB, Barrister, Emeritus Professor of Law, The City Law School, City, University of London
    Michael Lerego QC, Recorder of the Crown Court
    Richard McMahon QC, LLB, LLM, Deput Bailiff of Guernsey
    Valsamis Mitsilegas, Professor of European Criminal Law, Head of the Department of Law, Queen Mary University London
    Tim Moloney QC, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers
    Rebecca Niblock, Partner, Kingsley Napley LLP
    Amanda Pinto QC, MA, Barrister, 33 Chancery Lane
    HH Peter Rook QC, sometime judge of the Central Criminal Court; judicial fellow of the UCL Judicial Institute
    Richard D. Taylor, MA, LLM, Barrister, Professor of English Law, Lancashire Law School, University of Central Lancashire
    Mark Topping, LLB, RD, Solicitor
    Martin Wasik CBE, LLB, MA, FRSA, Barrister, Recorder of the Crown Court, Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice, Keele University