New rules on representation in the High Court
An Act of Adjournal has brought in new rules on the instruction of representation in the High Court.
The rules set out that persons facing a murder charge are to be informed by their solicitor that they are entitled to be represented by a QC, and to be informed of a selection of available Silks.
For cases other than murder, the solicitor has to identify a selection of available advocates or solicitor-advocates.
Forms giving information about representation must be given to the accused.
The Act of Adjournal is at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2016/201/made