FAILINGS IN THE DISCLOSURE OF EVIDENCE

The BBC Radio 4 “Law in Action” devoted a whole 30-minute programme to the problem with disclosure in the UK. The number of prosecutions in England and Wales that collapsed because of a failure by police or prosecutors to disclose evidence increased by 70% in the last 2 years.  In the programme, Joshua Rozenberg speaks to the Director of Public Prosecutions and to David Tucker from the College of Policing about their response to this rising concern.  He also speaks to those directly affected by the failures – members of the public charged and taken to court because police failed to disclose evidence that would clear them.  Such cases are nothing new to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), which investigates potential miscarriages of justice.  Law in Action speaks to the CCRC’s chair Richard Foster about the current wave of cases and his concerns that people are being wrongly imprisoned because evidence is not shared with defence teams.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09snj92

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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