To improve efficiency the report recommended its replacement with a nationally administered court and the Courts Act 1971 incorporated most of the recommendations.
As a result, a higher criminal court known as the Crown Court of the Supreme Court of Judicature replaced the assizes and quarter sessions in 1972.
The indictment is an important document and contains key information about the progress of the trial, outcome and appeal (if relevant).
The indictment was formally annotated during the trial thereby providing a concise account of the events and decisions that occurred.
Crown courts hear serious indictable offences such as robbery, rape and murder.