Reappointment of Two Non-Judicial Members to the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee

The Secretary of State has announced the reappointment of Nick Ephgrave and Folashade Abiodun as non-judicial members of the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee


The Secretary of State has approved the reappointment of Nick Ephgrave and Folashade Abiodun, for 4 years from 1 September 2021.


The Courts Act 2003 established the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) to make rules governing the practice and procedure of magistrates’ courts, the Crown Court and the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division.


The Act requires the CPRC, which is chaired by the Lord Chief Justice, to make rules that are simple and simply expressed, and that help make the criminal justice system accessible, fair and efficient.


Biographies

Nick Ephgrave is currently the Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. He was the Senior Investigating Officer on the re-investigation into the murder of Damilola Taylor.


Nick has been in the police service for more than 30 years and was previously the Chief Constable of Surrey Police. Since June 2020, he has been a member of the Sentencing Council.


He has not declared any political activity.


Folashade Abiodun is a Solicitor-Advocate (all Higher Courts) at Taylor Haldane Barlex Solicitors LLPSince qualifying as a solicitorsin 2007, she became an Accredited Police Station Representative and obtained her Duty Solicitor and HCA (Civil & Crime) qualifications while working at a busy practice in Leicester.


Folashade has a vast wealth of experience in representing clients at the Police Station, Youth, Magistrates and Crown Courts.


She has not declared any political activity.


These appointments are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. The re-appointments have been made in line with the Governance Code on Public Appointments.


Appointments to the CPRC are made by the Lord Chancellor in consultation with the Lord Chief Justice for England and Wales.