Disclosure of evidence in criminal cases Contents

Contents

Committee information

Summary

1 The failures in disclosure

Introduction

Disclosure and the scope of this report

Background

Disclosure

Our inquiry

2 The extent of failure

Disclosure as a fundamental question of fairness

The role of disclosure in the justice system

Disclosure as a symptom of a system under strain

Funding for disclosure

Wider changes

The cost of failures to disclose

The digital crater

The changing volume and nature of material collected by police

Transfer of material for the purpose of disclosure

3 Leadership, oversight and culture

Leadership and accountability

Responsibilities for disclosure

Performance culture of the CPS and data to hold people to account

Data on the number of disclosure errors

Understanding the performance of the CPS

Police culture

Reasonable lines of inquiry

Disclosure as an administrative add on

Strategic policing requirement

4 Knowledge and capability

Legislation and guidance

Personal and sensitive data

The guidelines governing disclosure

Knowledge and training

Disclosure in the Magistrates’ Court

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes

Witnesses

Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament




Published: 20 July 2018