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Publications

Key reference material for the judiciary.

Crown Court Bench Book

This contains specimen directions for judges to give to the jury in Crown Court trials.  (Directions provide the guidance which goes into the judges' charge to the jury to assist in deciding the guilt or innocence of the defendant).

Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases in Northern Ireland - 'The Green Book'

A resource for courts and practitioners in the assessment of damages in personal injury cases.

Magistrates' Court Bench Book

A resource for those presiding in the adult magistrates’ and youth courts.

Reporting Restrictions

Guidance on when the principle of open justice should or may be departed from.

Intoxicating Liquor, Bookmakers', Amusement Permit & Gaming Case

A compilation of helpful judgments in the field of licensing law.

Equal Treatment Bench Book England & Wales

This provides guidance to all judicial office holders on all aspects of fairness and equality of treatment in Court.  While it is an England & Wales publication, the principles which it contains are applicable in the Courts in Northern Ireland.

Sentencing Guidelines - General Application

A compendium of guideline judgments in the area of sentencing handed down by the Court of Appeal.

Sentencing Guidelines - Magistrates' Court

Tables for guidance on sentencing for offences coming before the Magistrates' Court.

Templates: Sentencing under the Criminal Justice (NI) Order 2008

Templates for sentencing remarks in custodial sentences under the sentencing framework provided by the Criminal Justice (NI) Order 2008.

Bad Character and Hearsay Materials

Resource materials on the law of evidence relating to Bad Character and Hearsay.​